DERRY | Southern New Hampshire got its first taste of winter this week but some drivers proved to be more prepared than others.

Less than an inch of snow fell throughout the day on Tuesday but that was enough to cause more than 15 accidents in Derry and Londonderry in just a few hours. No one was seriously injured but the accidents did cause damage to drivers' cars and property, according to police officials.

"There really is a short learning curve," Thomas said, noting that once the snow stopped the accidents cleared up.

In Derry, one person was sent to Parkland Medical Center after two cars collided on West Broadway. The accident closed down Route 102 through town for a brief period but the closing did not cause any major traffic problems.

Londonderry Police Capt. Bill Hart said drivers need to remember to slow down in inclement weather.

"We had half a dozen to a dozen fender benders that are a common occurrence with the first or second snow storm of the year," Hart said.

But other people said they didn't mind seeing the first sign of winter so early this year.

Amanda Claussen, 15, of Derry, wore a hooded sweatshirt | no jacket | as she left the campus of Pinkerton Academy yesterday.

"If it's really cold out, I don't like it, but if it's like this, it's nice," she said, as she tested the weather by sticking her hand out.

And Pinkerton senior Peter Mazzola, 18, said the snow was "great" | but wished he was more prepared for it.

As he cleaned off his car with an old fast food bag he found in the back seat, he said he has an ice scraper from last year but needed to clean it off as he hit the road.

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