Heavy snow triggers Thanksgiving power outages in Northeast

190,000 without power in New Hampshire after early storm dumps wet snow

New Hampshire was hit by power outages Thanksgiving Day after an early season nor'easter dumped over a foot of wet snow in parts of New England Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Heavy, wet snow downed trees and power lines, leaving around 190,000 New Hampshire customers without power Thursday afternoon, according to the Public Service of New Hampshire utility company.

"Every town is impacted from the Massachusetts border to the lakes areas; everything south of the mountains was hit extremely hard," said utility spokesman Martin Murray.

The utility has told residents to prepare for the possibility of being without power for several days, he said. 

Southern and central areas of the state were hardest hit, with more than 18 inches of snow in parts of Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire.

"A lot of times when you get 15 inches of snow, if it is light and fluffy, no problem," said National Weather Service meteorologist James Brown. "Not this time -- this stuff stuck and brought down a lot of tree limbs."

Parts of northwestern Massachusetts were hit with up to 16 inches of snow and sporadic power outages.  

Snow is still expected tonight in the Midwest, Great Lakes region and northern Appalachians, according to the National Weather Service.

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