Region ramps up for next winter storm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The latest in a string of winter storms is expected to hit our region Wednesday afternoon into Thursday, bringing heavy snow and mixed precipitation.
The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for most parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. The forecast calls for the storm to start as snow and then change over to sleet & freezing rain, causing some icing problems. It is expected to bring 4-8″ of snow with some higher elevations getting up to 12″.
The storm is also expected to bring gusty winds that could cause power outages. Green Mountain Power says heavy snow already on trees could take down some lines.
VTrans officials say they are monitoring road conditions throughout the evening. The heaviest snowfall is expected overnight and into the morning hours and officials say their plan is to operate with a reduced crew late tonight when travel is not as prevalent to allow crews time to rest and recover.
VTrans’ Michael Booth says they anticipate a tricky morning commute. “Our crews will have been out there and have scraped the roads off, have an application of salt down. Hopefully it will start working -- the temperatures look favorable for that. But like any winter storm, give those plow trucks some space,” he said.
Burlington International Airport Director Nic Longo says some flights -- including those operated by United -- have already been canceled for late Wednesday and into Thursday. He says crews at the airport are already working to make sure the runway stays clear and open.
“It is a factor of visibility and the snow quantity itself -- what’s on the ground. The visibility needs to increase, the snow needs to slow down just a little bit, then those planes can easily start coming back in and those passengers can start getting rebooked to maybe the afternoon flights,” Longo said. He urges travelers to confirm their flight’s status.
Emergency officials are also reminding homeowners to practice fire and carbon monoxide safety by clearing away drifts from vents and making sure not to run generators inside or near homes.
A bigger snowstorm is set to arrive late Sunday with more accumulating snow possible.
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