Granite State spared worst parts of storm that ravaged other parts of the country

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  • Ice hangs from a buildings fire escape in Downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning starting Monday and going through Tuesday with heavy snow expected. (Albert Cesare /The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) (Albert Cesare/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP)

  • Boscawen police, Penacook rescue and a Concord engine all responded to a person trapped in a vehicle off the road on North Water Street in Boscawen but the person was not injured on Tuesday, February 16, 2020. There were numerous accidents and trees on power lines down throughout the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Boscawen police, Penacook rescue and a Concord engine all responded to a person trapped in a vehicle off the road on North Water Street in Boscawen but the person was not injured on Tuesday, February 16, 2020. There were numerous accidents and trees on power lines down throughout the area from the overnight storm. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Boscawen police, Penacook rescue and a Concord engine all responded to a person trapped in a vehicle off the road on North Water Street in Boscawen. The person was not injured. There were numerous accidents and trees on power lines down throughout the area on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Boscawen police, Penacook rescue and a Concord engine all responded to a person trapped in a vehicle off the road on North Water Street in Boscawen but the person was not injured on Tuesday, February 16, 2020. There were numerous accidents and trees on power lines down throughout the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Icy road conditions contributed to many accidents, like this one on Route 13 in Dunbarton on Tuesday, as sleet and freezing rain fell over southern New Hampshire. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • There were numerous accidents throughout the area like this one on North Water Street in Boscawen caused by icy roadways from the overnight storm that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • There were many stopped up drains from all the ice causing puddles throughout the area like this access road off of Route 4 near the Concord-Canterbury line on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Boscawen police, Penacook rescue and a Concord engine all responded to a person trapped in a vehicle off the road on North Water Street in Boscawen but the person was not injured on Tuesday, February 16, 2020. There were numerous accidents and trees on power lines down throughout the area from the overnight storm. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • There were many crews from electric companies due to downed powerlines in the area on Tuesday. Eversource was working off of Route 77 in Weare.

  • The ice drips off of tree branches on the access road to Concord Country Club in Concord on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pine needles became encased in ice off the access road to Concord Country Club in Concord on Tuesday.

 Monitor staff and wire reports
Published: 2/16/2021 10:48:40 AM

A winter storm that ravaged parts of the country, including deadly tornadoes in North Carolina and rolling blackouts across the South and Midwest, mostly spared New Hampshire, which saw moderate amounts of mixed precipitation that led to scattered power outages and car accidents. 

Unitil reported a few hundred customers without power Tuesday morning in pockets around the Concord area from Epsom to Hopkinton to Boscawen. Most of those were resolved by the end of the day.

The situation was similar with Eversource, with about 1,350 customers affected as of 3:30 p.m. The largest pockets at that tim e were in Deering and Weare; the  Deerfield, Farmington, Northwood area and Rochester.

Fears of massive outages caused by ice accumulating on branches bringing down power lines mostly waned as the storm turned to rain in southern areas of the state. Accidents from slick roads were reported from the Seacoast to the North Country.

“While the greatest risk for hazardous ice currently appears to be in higher elevation areas, temperature changes of just one or two degrees can significantly change the overall impact ice can have on the system,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said in advance of the storm. “Crews will be standing by in the areas at greatest risk, and we continue to closely monitor the forecast and remain prepared to escalate our response further if warranted.”

State police said icy roads led to dozens of crashes including one that closed lanes on Route 16 in Dover and another on I-393 in Chichester, but no fatalities or serious injuries were reported as of Tuesday morning.

In Merrimack County, a winter weather advisory continued into Tuesday evening.

By 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 0.9 inches of precipitation had been measured at the Concord Airport. 




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