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Vermont is prepared for a significant snowstorm affecting the northeast that could dump more than a foot of snow on southern counties, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced today. The snow will start Monday afternoon and the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight Monday into Tuesday.
"This isn't the first winter storm of the season here in Vermont as it is for other parts of the northeast," Gov. Shumlin said. "Nonetheless, parts of Vermont, especially southern counties, could see more than a foot of snow. We are prepared and will closely monitor conditions over the next few days. Vermonters know how to deal with winter weather, and I encourage everyone to use good Vermont common sense over the next few days."
VTrans will be deploying as soon as the snow begins and will have more than 250 trucks on the road for the morning commute and as the storm peaks. However, the average plow route runs two hours which means there will be times when roads are snow-covered. Drivers should use caution during the storm, slowing down and allowing extra room between their car and the vehicle in front of them. Motorists are asked to please give plow drivers extra room to work and be aware that visibility can be further reduced in the area immediately around an active plow truck.
The Vermont Emergency Operations Center will open at Partial Activation starting at noon today to monitor the storm and assist towns that may need resources. Staff from other pertinent state agencies will be activated if needed.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Rutland, Orange, and all counties to the south for this afternoon and tonight. There is also a Winter Weather Advisory for Addison, Washington, Caledonia, and Essex counties. Cold temperatures will also continue.
Vermonters should check their local forecast to see what they may expect for snow and wind conditions in their area. The National Weather Service in Albany (http://www.weather.gov/aly) forecasts for Bennington and Windham counties, and the National Weather Service in Burlington (http://www.weather.gov/btv) forecasts for the remainder of the state.
The snow is a welcome sight for those who enjoy outdoor winter pursuits, but these conditions will for a time create hazards on roads and at home. A few things to keep in mind during this and all storms:
Be a good neighbor - Check in on elderly or other neighbors who may need assistance.
Don't overdo it - When clearing snow take frequent breaks. Shoveling is strenuous work and can lead to a number of health problems ranging from a back injury to cardiac issues. Dress properly for conditions to avoid frostbite or hypothermia.
Check heating vents - Snow can cover vents, particularly those that are low to the ground. Blocked vents can cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to enter the home. CO is colorless and odorless and can cause injury or death. All homeowners are advised to have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home and to get out and call for help if it sounds. Symptoms of CO poisoning include lethargy and nausea. If you use a generator, use it outside away from the home.
Check forecast and conditions before heading out - If you have to head out, drive appropriately for conditions. Slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to allow for extra braking distance. Clear all snow from your car so your visibility is not impeded and you don’t present a hazard to other drivers.
Make sure all exits are clear of snow - Particularly in public buildings, it is important all egresses are clear in case they are needed in emergency.
Vermont Alert can send weather and other updates directly to users. Account holders can have information about their area sent directly to their e-mail box or mobile phone or both – whichever they chose. Sign up for an account at http://vtalert.gov and click the appropriate link on the left side of the page.
Updates on roads, weather conditions, or any other issues can be found on the following sites:
* VT DEMHS on Facebook
* VT DEMHS on Twitter
* Vermont 511 on Twitter
* VTrans on Facebook
* Vermont State Police on Twitter
* Vermont State Police on Facebook
* NWS Albany on Facebook
* National Weather Service Albany (Forecast office for Bennington and Windham counties)
* NWS Burlington on Facebook
* National Weather Service Burlington (Rest of Vermont)
* Road conditions in Vermont
* Other resource needs: call 2-1-1

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