Parts of northern New England could get 1-2 feet
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The latest winter storm to rake Northern New England was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some areas that have already had more than their usual share this winter.
Maine was expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow in inland regions and a bit less on the coast from the latest snowstorm, said Mike Cempa from the National Weather Service.
There's been no shortage of snow in Maine.
Before Thursday's storm, Portland already had recorded 58 inches of snow for the season, a sum that was more than 18 inches above average for this time of winter.
Most skiers were relishing the white stuff. But some folks had had enough.
"I like the snow but I'm kind of wanting spring right now," said Joe Winnie, a 19-year-old college student from Saco, Maine.
Winnie gets to ski and snowboard for a discounted rate through his employer and his status as a student. But even then, he said he's had enough. "I had a lot of fun earlier in the season. Now it's more of a hassle. It's all the shoveling," he said.
Murielle Richard of Concord, N.H., also has had enough. The snow and cold have cut deeply into business in the city, including at the Lotions and Potions boutique and spa where she works.
"We've been having such a bad winter," she said. "We have clients who can't make it in and I get sent home early."
"It makes traffic more difficult and everything shuts down," she said.
In Vermont, the state authorized a reduced workforce for state employees working overnight on Friday. The opening of state offices will be delayed until 9 a.m. Friday. All essential employees should report to work as required. But the conditions on Thursday afternoon did not warrant the early closing of state offices.
Forecasters say some areas could get 24 inches, which skiers were cheering ahead of the President's Day holiday weekend.
"Treat that powder flu correctly and get in the car now. The snow has started falling steadily," Sugarbush said on its website.
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