Many New England states declared a state of
emergency this weekend following the major coastal storm that dumped more than
two feet of snow in parts of the region, including southern Vermont. Road crews and state officials
saw it as just another winter day.
While the temperatures and overall
snowfall totals aren’t record breaking, many local businesses and snow sport
enthusiasts are struggling this winter. The fluctuating temperatures and
lack of snow are affecting everything from winter sports and local businesses to
birds and plants.
Eleven dairy barns have collapsed under the
weight of successive snowstorms. At least a dozen cows have died and hundreds have
been trapped under caved-in roofs and timbers. For the farms involved, the snows of 2011 have been devastating.
week’s storm left up to a couple of feet of snow in the mountains, adding to an
already-substantial snowpack. Ski
resorts say the weather has been a gift from the sky that has helped them get
through the recession.