The snow just keeps on coming
By David Taube
STAFF WRITER | December 30,2012
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Rutland City road crews were busy before dawn Saturday. Even as they continued cleaning up from last week’s nor’easter, a new storm dumped more snow on the region Saturday and into today. A winter storm warning is in effect until this afternoon.
Last week’s nor’easter caused plenty of problems for Vermont motorists, and now parts of the state could see up to 8 inches of additional snow before the weekend is over.
The National Weather Service warned Saturday that areas from Underhill in eastern Essex County to Killington in Rutland County could face as much as 4 to 8 inches of snow by this afternoon. A winter storm warning was issued for Windsor and Rutland counties and eastern portions of Chittenden and Addison counties, where driving was a slow, cautious process Saturday.
Significant areas in the state were forecast to receive 3 to 6 inches of snowfall, which could also cause travel difficulties due to snow-covered roads and limited visibility. Those areas included Vergennes and parts of Addison County and Randolph and parts of Orange County.
“The areas that look to see the most snow would be across basically southern and central Vermont and across the ... higher terrain of the Green Mountains,” said Andrew Loconto, a Weather Service meteorologist based in Burlington.
“A coastal storm is coming up from the mid-Atlantic states, and it’s forecast to pass just to the south of Cape Cod, and we’re kind of on the northwest side of the storm system,” he added.
Below-zero wind chills and up to 30 mph wind gusts are expected in parts of the state today.
Wind chills are expected to worsen slightly Sunday night in parts of eastern Chittenden County. Last week’s storm featured wind chills in the single digits, Loconto said.
“They were close (to zero). They weren’t quite there yet,” he said.
Loconto said frostbite is unlikely for skiers and snowboarders in below-zero wind chill. Wind chill is an apparent rather than an actual temperature, he said, and it’s not generally severe until it reaches the negative 20s and 30s.
The winter storm warning for heavier snowfall was forecast to end at 1 p.m. today.
Last week’s storm dumped a foot to a foot and a half in most parts of the state, with Washington County getting 22 inches of snow.