Vermont: March snow, ice storm causes widespread power outages

RUTLAND - An historic snow storm that began working its way across the Northeast last night and has dumped close to two feet of snow in northern Vermont and mix of sleet and ice elsewhere knocked out power to more than 10,000 CVPS customers this morning.

As of 8 a.m., 6,600 customers are without power, mainly in Windsor and Bennington counties, with scattered outages in Windham, Rutland and Addison counties. The towns of Springfield and Chester have been particularly hard hit. There are numerous lines down and trees and limbs on lines.

"While this storm stalled a bit Sunday, the heavy snow and ice really began to pick up early this morning, and outages started ramping around 3 a.m.," said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. "The winter storm warning is in affect until 1 p.m., so we expect additional outages today. Crews are reporting ice accumulations in central and southern Vermont, and we may see ice accumulations in Caledonia County later today. Crews report it is still raining in the Brattleboro area. Our full compliment of crews, assisted by outside contractors, is making progress this morning, but it may get worse before it gets better.

"We will work as quickly as we safely can to restore power to customers," Rivers said. "But we have a lot of rural, off-road damage already, with the possibility of more to come, and the poor road conditions will also slow efforts."

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