BENNINGTON -- Winter Storm Electra swept through New England Saturday night and Sunday morning, leaving as much as 18 inches of snow in some locations, but downtown Bennington was operating at almost full capacity on Sunday.
Snowfall began in the Bennington area around 1 p.m. on Saturday, but didn't begin to accumulate until late in the evening.
By Sunday morning, plows had completely cleared most of the streets in Bennington. Sidewalks in the downtown area were cleared as well. While some businesses, such as Off the Wall Fitness of 160 Benmont Avenue, were forced to delay their openings due to the weather, just about everything in downtown Bennington was up and running as usual by around noon. On their Facebook page, South Street Café of 105 South St. announced that they would not be hosting Sunday jazz due to the weather, but would be otherwise open for business.
The Bennington Center for the Arts did announce on their Facebook page that they would be closed for the day, apologizing for any inconvenience this might cause. They didn't specify whether or not their closing was related to the weather.
According to the National Weather Service, Bennington County boasted the highest reported snowfall from the storm in New England, with Woodford reporting 18 inches of snow. On the Banner's Facebook page, we asked residents to let us know how much snow they had gotten in their neighborhoods, although many reported that it was difficult to tell because of the high winds that accompanied the storm. Most people described totals between six and 12 inches, slightly lower than the 14 inches than had been predicted for the area.
Roads were in very bad condition late Saturday night, leading to a hazardous drive for anyone who was travelling. Vermont State Police reported at least two accidents in Southern Vermont due to the snowy conditions. The first involved a car that went off the road on Interstate 91 in Springfield. The car had been travelling at approximately 30 m.p.h. when the driver lost control and slid off the road, down the embankment, and into a tree. The second occurred on East Mountain Road, in Killington. That vehicle was travelling at about 20 m.p.h. when the driver lost control due to the snow and struck the eastbound guardrail, before sliding down the embankment on the westbound side of the road. No serious injuries were reported as a result of either accident.
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