BENNINGTON >> The Bennington area braced itself for difficult driving conditions Wednesday morning as the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the region.
The advisory, which came out of the center in Albany, warns that late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, up to two inches of snow and up to one tenth of an inch of ice could accumulate, leading to a potentially dangerous morning commute. Snow will begin to develop on Tuesday night, and will turn to sleet and freezing rain overnight and throughout the morning. In certain areas with high elevation, there could be as much as four inches of accumulation in total.
Rain is expected to continue through Thursday, and additional icing could occur at night if the temperature drops below freezing. The Winter Weather Advisory, however, will expire at noon on Wednesday.
Green Mountain Power announced that they are prepared for the weather, and the increased likelihood of outages during that time period. "Safety is top of our minds with this storm, as the freezing rain Wednesday will make travel difficult and could increase the potential for cars to slide into poles, knocking out power. We urge everyone to be safe on the roads and take extra precautions if needed," said Green Mountain Power spokesperson Dorothy Schnure, "Our dedicated crews are prepared to respond to any outages and get the power back on as safely and quickly as possible." GMP is concerned that during this storm, ice could cause cars to leave the road and strike utility poles, or cause trees to fall onto wires, which could cause outages. They urge anyone who sees a downed wire not to approach it, but to call 1-888-835-4672 to report it.
Drivers are advised to drive more slowly when roads are icy, remembering that it takes longer to slow down and stop on icy roads, and that following distances between cars should be adjusted appropriately.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.