Snow falls on the campaign trail in New Hampshire

The coastal storm that’s pounding Massachusetts isn’t expected to amount to much in Maine and New Hampshire, states that rely on heavy snow to drive their economies.

The National Weather Service says the New Hampshire coast could see 6 to 8 inches of snow, while the southern Maine coast could get 4 to 6 inches.

Strong gusts could limit visibility with blowing snow, and some coastal flooding is expected.

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But the snowfall starting today won’t do much to lift snowfall totals in a region where skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are big business.

Concord, New Hampshire, has had just 17 inches so far this season. The normal average is 39 inches for this time of the year. Portland, Maine, has 29.3 inches of snow, compared to the normal 37.5 inches.

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