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Let it snow!

Cupid visited Vermont bringing with him lots of arrows of outrageous misfortune for Valentines Day. Plows worked most of the night to keep up with the heavy snowfall. Motorists became stranded in high drifts or snowbanks. This storm was one of the worst winter storms on record. The snowstorm brought the state to a standstill on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, as blizzard and whiteout conditions closed many businesses and government offices and schools. Law enforcement agencies declared many roads around Rutland County "dangerous" on Wednesday. Blowing snow and heavy snow falling made driving conditions even more hazardous on Wednesday evening. Around downtown Rutland, many businesses closed early or never opened Wednesday. By nightfall deep, drifting snow buried cars left on the street during the day. VTrans plow trucks were plowing state roads around Rutland County by 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a dispatcher for the state agency of transportation. News reports said that the state had 28 trucks on the roads throughout Rutland County. Students all around Vermont enjoyed an added bonus by having Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off from school. The National Weather Service predicted up to two feet of snow, possibly breaking the state record for greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period of 23.1 inches. When the storm finally ended Feb. 15, Vermont was covered with more than three feet of snow in many places, breaking all the records. If there was global warming going on, there was no evidence of it in northern New England this week.

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