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Snowstorm slams the region

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

For Bob Troeste, another snowstorm means it's time to break out his trusty shovel again.

"When it gets down to nothing I guess I'll get another one," he said.

He's lived in the same house in Montpelier since 1986 and used the same shovel. He's seen his share of storms and says this one seems pretty typical so far.

"Eh, it's nothing. Down in New York or Boston they'll be screaming, but here it's just another day," Troeste said.

In Massachusetts, the governor declared a state of emergency and banned travel on all roadways starting at 4 p.m. Friday, with a few exceptions like emergency vehicles, snow plows and media. Vermont officials say that means folks in Vermont traveling south should either take a different route or stay home.

"We want people to be aware for people that are traveling south on 91 so they can incorporate that into their travel plans," Vt. Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said.

Dicey roadways in Vermont have caused dozens of fender benders, but state police have not been overwhelmed.

"We're just encouraging people to drive safely, use caution and use common sense when you drive," Flynn advised.

Road crews are bracing for the worst that's still to come in Southern Vermont, as two storm systems pull together. Almost all flights in and out of Burlington International Airport were either canceled or delayed and 365 schools closed around the state.

"This storm's going to be great," said Adam Cotton of Northfield.

For Adam Cotton and Ben Gould, all this snow means a day off from work for some telemark skiing in Northfield.

"Perfect day," Cotton said. "We haven't had snow in a while. Today is a great day and tomorrow might be even better."

And for Troeste, he's betting his shovel will last through another Vermont storm.

The snow is light and fluffy and no downed trees or powerlines are expected in Vermont.

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