Springtime snowstorm hits Bennington County


Southwestern Vermont was given a taste of spring last week, with the temperature on April 1 climbing to 70 degrees. But a spring snowstorm brought gusts of wind and slick roadways on Monday, throwing residents back into the icy depths of winter.

Emergency services responded to numerous reports of minor weather-related car crashes on Monday, many of them involving vehicles skidding off of roads.

A weather spotter reported 3.5 inches of snow fell in Landgrove, according to Ian Lee, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y. And in Woodford, a reported seven inches fell, he said.

"That's the highest total we saw in our entire region," Lee said.

East towards Windham County, anywhere from two to five inches fell, he said.

Temperatures on Monday were unseasonably cold: A high of 25 degrees recorded at Bennington's Morse State Airport just before 4 p.m. was 27 degrees lower than the normal temperature of 52, according to NWS data. The highest recorded wind speed was 17 miles per hour.

Temperatures will continue to be about 10 to 15 degrees below average for at least the next several days as they hover in the 30s and 40s, although a high of 53 is possible on Thursday, when half to three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Tuesday's forecast is for a high temperature of 33 degrees with clear skies during the day before it falls to a chilly 18 degrees at night.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with showers likely Wednesday night and lasting until Thursday night. A mix of rain and snow is possible from Thursday night to Friday night.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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