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Traffic accidents? Not really. Closings? Everywhere

All was quiet on the snowy front yesterday.

At least in the capital region as of late afternoon, when local authorities said winter’s latest blast, which was expected to dump more than a foot of snow here by mid-evening, had caused no major headaches on roadways and interstates.

“Very few problems,” said a state police spokeswoman. “We’ve had a fairly quiet day. Knock on wood.”

“Normal activity kind of day, with no kinds of searches or auto accidents or things like that,” said Dan Andrus, Concord’s fire chief. “At least not auto accidents with injuries where we needed to come in.”

A report filed by the state police said a Ford pickup truck had struck the guardrail on Interstate 93 in Londonderry. No other vehicles were involved, and the state police believe a medical emergency might have caused the driver to lose control and crash.

I-93 was shut down for about 40 minutes.

Luckily, officials said, I-93 and the Everett Turnpike heading north from Manchester had little traffic as motorists apparently heeded warnings and stayed home.

All classes at area schools and colleges were canceled, as were child-care centers, libraries, town offices, senior programs, churches, food pantries, credit unions, Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical facilities in Concord, Manchester and Nashua, and school budget hearings in Chichester, Hopkinton and Pittsfield, according to the WMUR website.

Andrus said his department received only 10 calls from 6 a.m., when the snow began to fall, through mid-afternoon.

“It has been remarkably quiet today,” Andrus said. “I have watched people driving very cautiously and very appropriately for the weather, and I’m surprised we haven’t had more activity. Usually we’re looking at a lot of auto accidents, but we’ve gotten mostly EMS calls and one for an alarm activation, and that’s about it.”

The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, reported that more than an inch per hour began to fall after noon yesterday, and snow was expected to fall into last night, with a winter storm warning extending to northern Coos County.

Forecasters said the heaviest snow would fall in southern parts of the state, including Concord, with as many as 14 inches predicted.

Fair skies and temperatures in the 20s are expected through Saturday, but more snow could fall by Sunday night.

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or rduckler@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @rayduckler.)

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