Region braces for 2nd in string of winter storms

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 7:26 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Snow is coming down across our region as part of the second of a string of winter storms.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for many parts of southern Vermont and New Hampshire, where they are expected upwards of 10 inches of snowfall.

More than 50,000 customers were without power across New Hampshire. Over 10,000 outages were reported in Vermont, with Windham, Bennington, and Windsor Counties taking the hardest hit.

VTrans says it’s prepared for multiple days of plowing, sanding, and salting. “Our salt sheds are full. We make sure trucks are fueled up, ready to go -- all the repairs are done. All our drivers are on standby waiting for the storm forming and monitoring the roads and they’ll call people in as needed,” said Michael Booth of VTrans.

Booth says the mild start to winter has given them the chance to conserve fuel and salt, and they might be able to put some of that money into repairs for the spring.

While the trucks are out, you can also track their location. VTrans added the plow nicknames to their interactive map, so you can see what’s getting cleared, and when. “[It’s] a way to get more involved with the community and so that people know that it’s their neighbors out there. The children love the names, and the trucks, they like to see the trucks go by in their area. It’s a great thing that we do, and we plan to keep doing it. It’s good for community involvement,” Booth said.

As of Monday morning, there are nearly 250 school closings or delays.

Forecasters say the next big storm system will come in late Wednesday and last through Thursday.