Portsmouth hammered hard by latest winter blast

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The National Weather Service says winter storm warnings have been lifted for New Hampshire, while blizzard warnings remain in place until 7 p.m. for the Midcoast and coastal regions of Maine.

Justin Arnott, a meteorologist for the weather service, says winter storm warnings for Strafford and Rockingham counties in New Hampshire have been lifted.

The Granite state got a little less snow than expected, he said, but still saw upward of 14 inches of snow in some places, including Portsmouth. He says that made it one of the biggest, if not the biggest storm of the year, for some locations.

In Maine, Arnott said the storm was still ongoing, though some parts of the state could see as much as 2 feet of snow by the end of the day.

If those numbers play out, Arnott projected that this storm could be at least as large as one that hit the state at the end December. Blizzard warnings remain in place along the coast from Sagadahoc to Washington counties.

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