Snow, freezing rain hit Bennington

BENNINGTON — A winter storm struck the region from Wednesday morning throughout the afternoon and evening, dropping several inches of snow and sleet and causing schools and businesses to close down for the day.

The National Weather Service in Albany reported in the afternoon that about 2-4 inches of snow had covered the region by about 11:30 a.m., and another 5-8 inches was expected through the evening. In Bennington, the snowfall totals didn't appear to reach the predicted amounts as the snow transitioned into freezing rain and sleet early in the evening. The winter storm warning for Bennington County continued through 4 a.m. Thursday.

A winter storm warning for snow, according to the National Weather service, means that "severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible."

State Police reported that Route 9 in Marlboro was closed for about an hour Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer unit lost control and blocked both lanes of traffic near Staver Road. Police announced that the road was re-opened around 3:45 p.m. Signage in Bennington indicated that tractor trailers were required on Wednesday to put chains on their tires before heading east on Route 9 into Woodford.

State Police reported on Wednesday evening that a second tractor trailer had slid off the road on Route 9 in Woodford near Red Mill Brook Campground just after 5 p.m. Not long after, Bennington Police were dispatched to a single-car motor vehicle crash on North Branch Street in Bennington in which a car went into a fence.

The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union did not need to cancel school due to the weather because students already had a scheduled day off due to a teacher in-service day. The in-service day, however, was cancelled. The Village School of North Bennington was closed. Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent William Bazyk announced Wednesday morning that Fisher Elementary School and Arlington Memorial Middle and High School would be closed due to the weather.

A number of businesses and community organizations were also closed due to the weather. The Bennington Free Library announced Wednesday morning that it would be closed all day due to the inclement weather, as did North Bennington's John G. McCullough Free Library. The Martha Canfield Library in Arlington closed at 1 p.m.

Derek Carson can be reached at, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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