Heavy snow delights some, causes trouble for others

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WOODFORD — The town woke up to about 20 inches of snow Monday morning following the first major snowstorm of the season.

The heavy snowfall was good news for the Woodford Snobusters, a local snowmobile club, except the snowmobile trails won't be open till mid-December.

"I'm sure there are people that just can't wait to get out there," said Jeanne McKenna, a Woodford resident and member of the snowmobile club.

Within Bennington County, Woodford received the most snow from the storm that started early Sunday afternoon and was expected to taper off this morning. The National Weather Service registered 19 inches of snow in Woodford as of Monday morning.

Ray O'Keefe, meteorologist-in-charge at the NWS in Albany, described this as a "significant total" halfway through a snowstorm.

Pownal, on the other hand, received 14 inches. Bennington and Arlington each got 10 inches, and Manchester saw 8 inches, according to the weather service.

At Albany International Airport, which had received 15.6 inches of snow by early Monday afternoon, at least 20 departing flights were canceled on Monday. Several arriving flights were also canceled or delayed, said airport spokesman Doug Myers.

Vermont State Police reported responding to at least 40 storm-related crashes in Southern Vermont between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Four of those occurred in Bennington County, VSP spokesman Adam Silverman said, citing preliminary field data.

The crashes resulted in either minor injuries or no injuries, Silverman added.

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The state Department of Transportation's order requiring all trucks to use tire chains on Route 9 between Woodford and Searsburg remained in effect until further notice.

On Monday evening, the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union and Hoosick Falls Central School District announced on social media that their schools will operate on a two-hour delay today.

They had earlier declared Monday a snow day, along with the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, Bennington College and Burr and Burton Academy.

The Bennington County courthouses of the Vermont Superior Court opened at least an hour later than usual Monday morning. The civil and criminal divisions both opened at 9:45 a.m., but the hearings proceeded as scheduled for the rest of the day, according to the clerk's office.

The recent weather also has led the state Economic Services Division to declare "adverse weather conditions." This means folks who qualify to receive emergency shelter assistance can be placed in local motels once the homeless shelter in Bennington becomes full.

The adverse weather condition advisory had been in place throughout the state from Thursday till Monday. An updated advisory will be released first thing today, said Geoffrey Pippenger, the division's general and emergency assistance program director.

People can apply for a "motel voucher" at the division's local office at 200 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Suite 6, during business hours. Afterwards, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., people can call Vermont 2-1-1 for assistance.

After the snowstorm passes this morning, the National Weather Service expects a partly sunny day. But snow showers could still make an appearance on Wednesday and Friday.

Contact Tiffany Tan at ttan@benningtonbanner.com, @tiffgtan on Twitter or 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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