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Snowstorm pounds capital region, causing scattered outages and road delays

  • Krista Provencal looks over to check her neighbor's progress while taking a break from shoveling her sidewalk with her dog Kylie on Sunday afternoon in Concord. Provencal had a bit of help from her neighbor, a 75-year-old woman that owns a snow blower and insists on operating it herself. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Krista Provencal looks over to check her neighbor's progress while taking a break from shoveling her sidewalk with her dog Kylie on Sunday afternoon in Concord. Provencal had a bit of help from her neighbor, a 75-year-old woman that owns a snow blower and insists on operating it herself. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Snow clumps on a tree's thin branches on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Snow clumps on a tree's thin branches on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Laura Bonk and Phil Trowbridge chat with neighbors as the cross country ski past their house on Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2013. The pair had just returned from looping the trails at Memorial Field. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Laura Bonk and Phil Trowbridge chat with neighbors as the cross country ski past their house on Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2013. The pair had just returned from looping the trails at Memorial Field. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Laura Bonk on her way home via cross country skis after breaking the trails on Memorial Field. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Laura Bonk on her way home via cross country skis after breaking the trails on Memorial Field. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Memorial Field's bleachers were blanketed by Sunday afternoon. The athletic fields at the park are closed for the season but its winter trails are open. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Memorial Field's bleachers were blanketed by Sunday afternoon. The athletic fields at the park are closed for the season but its winter trails are open. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Andrew Chorlian, 15, and Clayton Spencer, 16, walk down the unplowed streets to their friend's house on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Andrew Chorlian, 15, and Clayton Spencer, 16, walk down the unplowed streets to their friend's house on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tom Weston helps his daughter Holly slip her boot into her cross country skis before hitting the trails at Memorial Park in Concord on Sunday afternoon. While Weston has been skiing since the 60s, his daughter is a novice.  The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tom Weston helps his daughter Holly slip her boot into her cross country skis before hitting the trails at Memorial Park in Concord on Sunday afternoon. While Weston has been skiing since the 60s, his daughter is a novice. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tom Weston uses his cross country skis to cut through the winter trails that start at Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tom Weston uses his cross country skis to cut through the winter trails that start at Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The State House dome peeks out through downtown Concord's buildings as snow continues to come down on Sunday afternoon. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The State House dome peeks out through downtown Concord's buildings as snow continues to come down on Sunday afternoon. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Snow men began to crop up at White Park on Sunday afternoon. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Snow men began to crop up at White Park on Sunday afternoon. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Krista Provencal looks over to check her neighbor's progress while taking a break from shoveling her sidewalk with her dog Kylie on Sunday afternoon in Concord. Provencal had a bit of help from her neighbor, a 75-year-old woman that owns a snow blower and insists on operating it herself. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Snow clumps on a tree's thin branches on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Laura Bonk and Phil Trowbridge chat with neighbors as the cross country ski past their house on Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2013. The pair had just returned from looping the trails at Memorial Field. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Laura Bonk on her way home via cross country skis after breaking the trails on Memorial Field. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Memorial Field's bleachers were blanketed by Sunday afternoon. The athletic fields at the park are closed for the season but its winter trails are open. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Andrew Chorlian, 15, and Clayton Spencer, 16, walk down the unplowed streets to their friend's house on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tom Weston helps his daughter Holly slip her boot into her cross country skis before hitting the trails at Memorial Park in Concord on Sunday afternoon. While Weston has been skiing since the 60s, his daughter is a novice.  The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tom Weston uses his cross country skis to cut through the winter trails that start at Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon in Concord. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The State House dome peeks out through downtown Concord's buildings as snow continues to come down on Sunday afternoon. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Snow men began to crop up at White Park on Sunday afternoon. The storm that came through the region between Saturday and Sunday left about 8 to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow in central New Hampshire. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

A powerful snowstorm hounded much of central New Hampshire yesterday, inundating roads, causing scattered power outages and traffic accidents, and blanketing nearly everything with a thick coating of wet, heavy snow.

By midday the National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for the Concord region, lasting through midnight, and predicted that total snow accumulation would range between 8 and 12 inches.

But despite the precipitation, the storm’s hazardous effects were relatively few as of late afternoon, and conditions began to improve by evening.

“I hate to bore you, but it’s been a very quiet morning,” said Lt. Cory Casey of the Concord Police Department.

By mid-afternoon, police officers had responded to several reported incidents of downed trees and power lines, and cars that had veered off the road, Casey said.

Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said that as of 2:30 p.m. his unit had received a total of eight calls throughout the morning, and that most of those were minor and storm-related.

More than a thousand Unitil customers were without power in the capital area as of midday, but that number shrunk to just 150 by 5 p.m. Unitil spokesman Alec O’Meara said the company had all its crews plus additional contracted workers deployed throughout the area working to restore power.

O’Meara said the outages were due primarily to trees that had fallen after becoming saturated with the wet, heavy snow.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported 614 customers without power in Loudon at 1 p.m., but within 2½ hours all but 11 of those had seen restored service. Several dozen customers in Canterbury, Chichester and Dunbarton were also without power as of midafternoon.

Road and lane closures were common throughout the day, with accidents causing mostly short delays as crews moved vehicles out of traffic. Bill Boynton, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, estimated that there were more accidents yesterday than during the blizzard three weeks ago, and said that was likely because yesterday’s storm had received less publicity prior to touching down.

Still, Boynton said yesterday’s storm was mostly just a nuisance. “I’ve already shoveled my driveway four times,” he said. He added that transportation crews would be out all night, and warned drivers of “greasy” conditions when temperatures eventually rise. Concord declared a winter storm street parking ban between midnight and 7 a.m.

By late afternoon the National Weather Service predicted steady snowfall to taper off into sporadic snow showers by late evening.

Both movie theaters in Concord said they planned to stay open last night; Red River Theatres said it was still planning to host its Oscar screening starting at 6:30 p.m.

And staff at Pats Peak ski resort said they were very excited about all the fresh powder. Marketing director Lori Rowell said every trail and run was open and said the resort expected to have a bumper week.

“We’re doing fantastic,” Rowell said. “Other people maybe aren’t, but we’re very happy.”

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319 or
jblackman@cmonitor.com.)

Was this storm actually dubbed "Q" by the folks at the weather channel???? REALLY?!?!?!?! I can't believe we missed our chance to have a "Winter Storm Quetzalcoatl"?!?!?!

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