MONTPELIER (AP) - The National Weather Service in Burlington says a snowstorm will barrel through Vermont, leaving between 10 and 20 inches of snow in its wake.

Meteorologists say the storm will dump snow at a rate of about one to two inches an hour on Wednesday and Thursday in the northern Adirondack mountains, the Champlain Valley and central and northern Vermont, including the Northeast Kingdom.

According to the National Weather Service, light snow will develop Wednesday morning, increasing in intensity by the afternoon and becoming heavy at times into Thursday. Gusts will be up to 35 miles per hour.

The storm could also bring rain and sleet to parts of Rutland County and Windsor County on Wednesday evening.

Difficult driving conditions are expected.

Meteorologist Nikki Becker says snowfall tallies will range from around 4 inches on the coast of New Hampshire and southern Maine to up to a foot of snow farther inland. She says the storm will start as rain on the coast before the arrival of colder air causes a transformation to snow.

Forecasters say it'll be the first significant snowfall of the month in the region.


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