Winter storm socks Vermont with up to a foot of snow

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Vermont is digging out today. But then so is much of the northeastern United States following a winter storm that dumped up to a foot of snow in some parts of the Green Mountain state, making travel treacherous but skiers happy.

By nightfall last night, about 12 inches had fallen in Stannard, 11 in Morrisville, 10.6 in Northfield, 10.2 in Springfield and 10 inches in Killington in the first major storm of the season.

Dozens of cars and trucks slid off roads, including a tractor trailer that lost control on Interstate 89 and poked through a guardrail in Georgia, leaving its cab hanging off the edge of a bridge, 50 feet over some railroad tracks. Authorities say the truck’s fuel tank ruptured, spilling fuel onto the highway and forcing the temporary closing of northboudn traffic.

Up to 17 deaths have been blamed on the storm nationally.

Schools were canceled in most of Vermont, and in addition to some very happy schoolchildren, skiers and snowboarders were thrilled by the storm.

At Stowe Mountain Resort, people were lining up for the ski lift before it even opened.

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