- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - While the rest of New England was getting battered by one of the biggest snowstorms in years on Tuesday, Vermont shrugged off the forecast of up to 10 inches of snow in southern sections.

The Vermont Emergency Management Command Center was activated, but as of midafternoon Tuesday there had been no requests for assistance. Roadways were snow covered across the state and while a handful of accidents were reported, crews were keeping up with the storm.

To be sure, schools and activities were curtailed in parts of the state Tuesday and some were canceled, but Vermont did not come to a stop.

“I don’t know whether people are staying home or what, but it’s not too bad,” Vermont Transportation Agency Dispatcher Larry Dodge said at Tuesday.

Some flights at Burlington International Airport were canceled, but most of those were to or from airports that had been hit harder by the storm.

The National Weather Service forecast 3 to 6 inches of snow in central Vermont and 6-10 inches in southern sections, said Brooke Taber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington.

“There was a lot of excitement because it was going to hit the main population bases from New York to Boston. We were always on the northern fringe of the real heavy snow and greater impacts,” Taber said.

“For the people in Vermont it’s going to be a typical winter storm, nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. “You know, modest kinds of impacts and the white fluffy nature of the snow is going to be easy to remove, no power outages expected.”

While the impact of the storm is minimal in Vermont, neighboring states are getting hit hard.

At least 2 feet of snow was expected in most of Massachusetts, potentially making it one of the top snowstorms of all time. The National Weather Service said a 78 mph gust was reported on Nantucket, and 72 mph on Martha’s Vineyard.

For many in Vermont the snow is welcome.

At the Killington Ski Area the new snow is on top of the more than 100 inches that’s already fallen this season. It will enable the resort to be 100 percent open for the first time this season, said spokesman Michael Joseph.

“This is just the icing on the cake,” Joseph said. “This is nice light snow, some of the lightest powder that we’ve gotten so far this season, which is really great.”


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