Snow, sleet are good news, bad news in Vt.
Staff, wire reports | February 28,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Kelli Lonshore of Lyme, N.H., heads up Killington Road to take advantage of the fresh powder at Killington Ski Resort on Wednesday.
A winter storm packed snow onto the mountains of Vermont and dumped a mixture of snow and rain in the lower elevations Wednesday, delighting ski resorts but causing problems for motorists and knocking out power to more than 270 homes.
By noon Wednesday, the mountain town of Woodford had already reported 11.8 inches, the National Weather Service said.
Mount Snow in West Dover had reported 7 to 9 inches of new snow and more was on the way as the storm was expected to continue overnight and into Thursday. The southern Green Mountains was forecast to get more than a foot. Other mountain areas could get 8 to 10 inches.
Lower elevations could see several inches by this morning, as rain turns to snow, said Andy Nash, a National Weather Service forecaster in Burlington.
Ski areas reaped the benefit of elevation and were picking up some substantial accumulations of snow, according to Tony Vazzano, of North Winds Weather, which tailors forecasts for many ski areas in northern New England.
“This is a good day for the mountains, no question about it,” Vazzano said. Vazzano said the Stratton and Killington ski areas in Vermont had 7 inches of new snow by Wednesday afternoon.
“The mountains and ski areas are doing pretty good,” Nash said. “They’re going to get the jackpot with this storm.”
Green Mountain Power reported that at least 270 homes had lost power as of 7 p.m., including 198 in Lunenburg and 64 in Chester.
Sleet and snow made driving a challenge Wednesday in parts of Vermont. The weather was blamed for two separate crashes on Route 103 in Mount Holly.
Just before noon, Vermont State Police responded to a 2012 Freightliner on the side of Route 103 near Station Road in Mount Holly. Police said Luis Navarro, 30, of Roosevelt, N.Y., was driving north when he lost control of the tractor-trailer.
Navarro crossed the center line and went off the road into an open driveway, police said, narrowly missing a utility pole, parked vehicle and garden shed.
Navarro was not injured, but police closed Route 103 for about 20 minutes to get the vehicle back on the road.
Just after 1:45 p.m., a second crash was reported near Bowlsville Road.
Police said Robert Sennett, 60, of Bethel was driving north on Route 103 when he lost control of his 2011 Honda Accord while slowing down for the vehicle in front of him.
Sennett struck the guardrail on the other side of the road before crossing back onto the northbound lane, police said. The car went off the road and into the trees before it stopped.
Two passengers — a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old — received bumps on their heads and were taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
Police said the 5-year-old was not in a child restraint as required by Vermont law, but both children were belted in.
The crash is still under investigation.
The Mount Holly Rescue Squad, Mount Holly Fire Department and state police responded to both crashes.
Staff writer Lucia Suarez and the Associated Press contributed to this article.