Near-Blizzard Conditions Across Northern Vermont

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(Host) Heavy snow and strong winds combined to create near-blizzard conditions across northern Vermont and upstate New York today.

Highways are so treacherous in the Burlington area that the Chittenden County Transportation Authority has canceled all bus service today.

And as VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, despite all the snow, river flooding is also possible.                    

(Sneyd) The Adirondack and Green Mountains will get as 30 inches of snow by the time it stops falling.

Brooke Taber is with the National Weather Service.

(Taber) "When it’s all said and done, we will probably be breaking several records of snow for the month of March and for the daily here at Burlington."

(Sneyd) Schools and state and local offices are closed.

Interstate 89 between Montpelier and Burlington was closed for a time because tractor-trailer trucks couldn’t get traction on inclines.

Roughly two feet is forecast for a stretch from northern New York through northern Vermont. Around a foot is expected in Rutland and Windsor counties, combined with some ice.

Even as the winter conditions persist, a typical spring problem has cropped up. Many rivers are in danger of flooding after weekend rain sent chunks of ice downriver that jammed and backed up water.

Flood advisories stretch into Windham and Bennington counties.

For VPR News, I’m Ross Sneyd

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