Massive Winter Storm Reaches New England

A look at I-89 in Williston from a VTrans traffic camera at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

We’re right in the thick of it now in Vermont. The massive, 2,000 mile storm system stretching from New Mexico to Maine that wreaked havoc in the Midwest yesterday has reached New England. Forecasters predict anywhere from eight inches to over two feet of snow to fall by the end of the night. The storm is predicted to affect one-third of the U.S. population (100 million people) and 30 states have issued winter storm warnings or advisories, Reuters reports.

Yesterday in Chicago over two feet of snow fell, power was knocked out to 50,000 area residents and public school was cancelled for the first time in 12 years, according to CBS News. Referring to Chicago as the “Windy City, was an understatement yesterday. The city deployed all of its 400 plows and trucks as public works employees worked on the clean-up. This video, shot by a Chicago resident from his downtown balcony, gives you an idea of the intensity of the storm.

In Missouri, Interstate-70 that stretches between Kansas City in the west and St. Louis in the east was shut-down for the first time ever. ABC’s Nightline offered a nice break down of yesterday’s events.            

A look at I-91 in Derby from a VTrans traffic camera at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Here in Vermont as the snowfall picks up, most schools are closed today statewide. It’s a good idea not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary today. Use slow speeds, WCAX reports there have been a number of accidents so far. VTrans 511 travel information indicates that the vast majority, if not all of Vermont’s roads are experiencing difficult driving conditions. It’s been quite a winter.

In other news, famed groundhog prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil reportedly did not see his shadow at daybreak. That means an early spring is coming! At least we’ve got that going for us. Stay safe.

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