Spring snow causes damage, power outages

Thousands of people in Vermont and northern New York found themselves navigating downed trees and power outages Tuesday morning as several inches of wet snow piled up. Map of blackouts in New York | Map of Vermont Outages Just before 7 a.m., about 20,000 people were without power in the region, and more than a quarter of the outages were in Essex County, New York. About 6,000 people in the two states were without power by early afternoon as crews continued to work on a backlog of downed wires. Many were caused by downed trees, according to reports, which bent under the weight of wet and melting snowfall in the early morning. Some communities in New York’s Tri-Lakes and High Peaks regions reported about a foot of sleet had accumulated by 9 a.m., prompting local meteorologists to designate the storm as an “overachievers” ⁠ – especially by spring standards. Some residents said that despite being used to late-season snowfall, the system surprised them. “For Plattsburgh, I didn’t expect anything,” local resident Morgan Reville told NBC5 News. “But it’s a lot more than I think any of us ever thought.” Vermont saw sizable, but lower, snowfall totals from the storm. Eden and other central Vermont communities reported about 7 inches of snowfall. No major damage was reported in either state after the storm, although a number of roads were temporarily closed due to obstructions. Click here to see the latest weather report and extended forecast.

Thousands of people in Vermont and northern New York found themselves navigating downed trees and power outages Tuesday morning as several inches of wet snow piled up.

Map of blackouts in New York | Vermont blackout map

Just before 7 a.m., about 20,000 people were without power in the area, and more than a quarter of the outages were in Essex County, New York. About 6,000 people in the two states were without power by early afternoon as crews continued to work on a backlog of downed wires.

Many were caused by downed trees, according to reports, which bent under the weight of wet and melting snowfall in the early morning.

Some communities in New York’s Tri-Lakes and High Peaks regions reported about a foot of sleet had accumulated by 9 a.m., prompting local meteorologists to designate the storm as an “overachievers” ⁠ – especially by spring standards.

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Some residents said that despite being used to late-season snowfall, the system surprised them.

“For Plattsburgh, I didn’t expect anything,” local resident Morgan Reville told NBC5 News. “But it’s a lot more than I think any of us ever thought.”

Vermont saw considerable, but lesser, snowfall from the storm. Eden and other central Vermont communities reported about 7 inches of snowfall.

No major damage was reported in either state after the storm, although a number of roads were temporarily closed due to obstructions.

Click here to see the latest weather report and extended forecast.

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