High accumulation, drifting snow challenge plow drivers’ efforts

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation deployed its  entire fleet of 250 trucks to clear roadways Sunday.

Rising accumulations and high winds made it difficult to completely clear the snow, said Jacqui Dement, VTrans public outreach manager.

“With accumulations this high, plus the drifting snow, there’s going to be snow covered roadways,” she said.

Visibility was also an issue for drivers, making it hard to see markings on the roadway.

Despite the storm, Vanessa Dater was heading to Bolton with her family to ski.

“It’s alright if you go slowly, but not a good day to be on the road,” she said.

Travel at the Burlington International Airport was interruted, with 51 cancellations into and out of the airport.

For one Vermonter, it’s about getting used to the idea of snow altogether, after moving to the Green Mountain State from Iraq.
   
“I’ve encountered it two times in my whole entire life,” said Nawar Kareem. “Then I moved to Vermont, it was a big change I had to adapt to.”

Vermont State Police say they responded to dozens of crashes Sunday. At Jay Peak, police responded to a slide off. When they got there, they found 47 other cars unable to make it up the hill to the resort.

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