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SMUGGLERS NOTCH CLOSED October 30, 2008

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Vermont 108 through Smugglers Notch was closed during an early season snowstorm in late October 2008 and will remain closed until next spring. The steep mountain pass between Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Cambridge is closed each winter when driving conditions make it impassable. (Matt Sutkoski, Burlington Free Press, 10/30/08)

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OCTOBER SNOWS October 28, 2008

Posted by thenaturalist in Snowstorms.
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October snows can be destructive because heavy, wet snow clings to leaves, weighing down trees until they topple, sometimes across power lines. Vermont has had some big October snows:

October 11, 1925: 6 to 12 inches of snow covered most of Vermont.

October 22, 1969: Burlington’s greatest Octobe snowstorm–5.1 inches.

October 4, 1987: Huge snowstorm stranded thousands of tourists during peak foliage weekend. 21 inches fell in North Springfield, 18 inches in Bennington County. Tens of thousands were without electricity.

October 25, 2005: Most leaves were still on the trees when storm hit, so massive tree damage resulted. 16.5 inches in Barton, 14.3 inches in Underhill. About 100,000 Vermonters lost electricity. (Matt Sutkoski, “Snowstorm could be heavy,” BFP, 10/28/08)

SNOW IN DECEMBER December 15, 2007

Posted by thenaturalist in Snow, Snowstorms.
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According to the National Weather Service in South Burlington, the snowiest December in this area was 1970, with 56.7 inches. The least snowy December was 1912, with only 1.4 inches. The largest December snowstorm occurred December 25-28, 1969, when 29.8 inches fell. (Matt Sutkoski, Burlington Free Press, 12/15/07)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY SNOWSTORM OF 2007 March 17, 2007

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On March 17, 2007, a St. Patrick’s Day nor’easter dropped another dose of snow on Vermont. Snowfall ranged from 6 inches in some southern Vermont towns to a pileup of 16 inches in Highgate Center. The total measured 10.6 inches at the South Burlington airport. (Candace Page, BFP, 3/18/07)

TOP TEN SNOWSTORMS IN BURLINGTON February 16, 2007

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1. 29.8 inches December 25-28, 1969

2. 25.7 inches February 14-15, 2007

3. 24.7 inches January 13-14, 1934

4. 22.9 inches March 5-6, 2001

5. 22.4 inches March 13-14, 1993

6. 20.0 inches November 25, 1900

7. 19.7 inches January 25-28, 1986

8. 19.1 inches March 16-17, 1937

9. 18.8 inches December 14-15, 2003

10. 18.3 inches December 6-7, 2003

(National Weather Service Burlington, VT)

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY BLIZZARD OF 2007 February 14, 2007

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The National Weather Service called the St. Valentine’s Day Blizzard of 2007 Burlington’s biggest February snowstorm since 1883. Cambridge got 36 inches, Jericho Center 31.2 inches, Monkton 31 inches, Eden 30.4 inches, Richford, Killington, Montpelier, and Waterbury 30 inches, Hinesburg and Stowe 29 inches.