Hope you ‘heart' snow: Overnight storm socks area with up to 20 inches

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BENNINGTON -- Most places in Bennington County spent Valentine's Day morning digging themselves out of well over a foot of snow, with totals topping 20 inches in some places according to the National Weather Service.

The Town of Bennington has no official weather spotter, according to the NWS, but on the Banner's Facebook page residents were reporting measurements of between 14 and 18 inches.

"Fourteen inches on Hurley Lane and snowing again," wrote Facebook user Mary Chapman Davis.

The NWS reported 21.5 inches had fallen in Woodford by Friday afternoon. In the morning it was reported that Landgrove got 20.8 inches, Arlington 13 inches, and West Arlington 7.5 inches.

Facebook users were reporting over 20 inches in Arlington by afternoon, and roughly the same amount for Shaftsbury.

"Definitely over a foot in North Bennington," posted Facebook user Gus Fleischmann.

The majority of area schools and colleges were closed for the day.

According to the Vermont Department of Human Resources, state offices had closed at 3 p.m. or were operating under a reduced workforce. Non-essential state offices had a delayed opening.

The snow was part of a large storm that iced over the southeastern United States Thursday. Overnight it dropped between five and 18 inches on New Hampshire. In Vermont, 20 cars were off the road because of the storm, as well as three state plow trucks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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