And the snow goes on: Persistent winter storm blankets area
BENNINGTON -- Plow trucks stayed busy Thursday as the snow came down steadily throughout the day. The National Weather Service issued a "winter storm warning," which remains in effect until 10 a.m. today.
Forecasters were calling for two to four inches of snow throughout the day on Thursday, with an additional five to seven inches overnight. There is a 60 percent chance of snow today, but no more than inch is expected if it comes.
The snow is part of a large storm blowing in from the northeast, according to the Associated Press. It has affected 100 million people from New England to Chicago, dumping large amounts of snow on New York City and Boston. Many flights were canceled.
Town Manager Stuart Hurd said the town's plow trucks were out in force on Thursday in an attempt to keep ahead of the snowfall. "It's an all hands on deck situation," he said, adding that plow trucks planned to work throughout the day, breaking around the dinner hour, then going out as needed.
Bennington has two sidewalk plows, which Hurd said work from the downtown outward then cycle around. The town has 40 miles of sidewalk, he said.
The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union and the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union closed their schools Thursday as well because of the weather.
Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean said that as of noon on Thursday there had been no significant weather-related problems his agency had to deal with. "The motorists were being very good. They heeded the warnings we posted on our Facebook page," he said, adding that school being canceled did much to keep drivers off the road.
There were a number of scanner reports regarding cars being off the road.
In the past, the Vermont Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has advised people affected by snowstorms to make sure their outdoor vents are kept clear to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Emergency officials also encourage citizens to check on their elderly neighbors or other people who might be especially vulnerable to cold and having their movement restricted by deep snow.
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