AROUND THE NEK - We are only five days into December and mother nature greeted us with a friendly white reminder of what the winter season means. Conditions were slick from the get go this morning, as most Northeast Kingdom commuters met the harsh Vermont winter head on.
All across the Northeast Kingdom, snow fell from early morning until the afternoon. Accumulating around 1 1/2 to around 3 inches of fresh white powder, meteorologists over in Burlington stated that this is somewhat average of a Vermont snowfall.
John Goff, Meteorologist from the National Weather Service's Burlington office said that these conditions are typical of a Vermont winter. "The worst part of this particular snowfall was the timing of it. Around the time of the first snowfall was when commuters were leaving for work, which is what made conditions so treacherous," stated Goff.
The amount of snow on the ground was somewhat below average for this time of year, but it still made for harsh driving conditions for anyone braving the weather.
According to AT&T truck driver Tim Anastacio, driving to work today in Burke wasn't of the norm. "I stopped over there, let traffic by and turned onto the road and the car kind of went where it wanted to go," said Anastacio. He was not alone, as many other residents in the area witnessed several cars veer off the road as well.
Although the snowfall seems to be a standstill for the rest of the day, the forecast has Vermont and especially the NEK expecting the same amount of snow for Wednesday as they received today.
Officials recommend to plan accordingly for road conditions to be dangerous before making your daily commute or travel throughout the rest of the night.