Record Breaking Blizzard Buries Vermont

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18 Feb 07



blizzard buries Vermont

15 Feb 07 - A new 24-hour snowfall record was set yesterday, when Burlington received 25.3 inches. The previous record was set on Jan. 14, 1934, when the city received 23.1 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.

The National Weather Service in South Burlington called the storm Burlington's biggest February snowstorm since 1883.

The winter that mostly wasn't for December and January now boasts one of the biggest snowstorms on Vermont's books. "We went from the early season famine to a full-blown winter feast. This is just phenomenal," said J.J. Toland, Sugarbush Resort spokesman.

By 6 p.m. Wednesday, South Burlington's snow measured 20 inches, Monkton and Jericho reported 25, and West Rutland had 26. By late Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service reported a particularly intense band of snow in central Vermont, arcing from Orwell to Stowe to Groton. Within this band, snow fell at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour.

Plow truck drivers gamely drove up and down main thoroughfares, but heavy falling snow erased their efforts, sometimes within minutes.

Vermont Gas put out a notice urging customers to keep snow and ice away from meters and regulators so technicians could reach them quickly in an emergency. Company officials said people should clear snow with a broom, not a shovel to avoid damaging the equipment. Snow should also be cleared from exhaust vents. Otherwise deadly carbon monoxide could back up into a home. Also, homeowners should consider calling a roofing contractor to remove snow and ice that's threatening to fall on gas meters and regulators.

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