Storms close out snowy December

A man in downtown Middlebury shovels snow that fell between Dec. 28 and Dec. 30.

A man in downtown Middlebury shovels snow that fell between Dec. 28 and Dec. 30. Photo by Louis Varricchio.

— ”Double trouble” was the term Zubrin Tree Service lineman Mike Zubrin used to describe the second of two winter storms to hammer Vermont. Zubrin, who was removing a snow-laden pine that took down a power line to a house on private Valmont Drive in Leicester, said the Dec. 27 snow storm was the flip side of a vicious wind storm that hit the area Dec. 21.

“The world may not have ended as the ancient Mayans predicted Dec. 21,” he said, “but storms Dec. 21 and Dec. 27 have me thinking they must have been thinking about us.”

In less than a week after restoring power to more than 34,000 customers, Green Mountain Power storm managers, line workers and support staff were back at it again—this time scrambling to greet Winter Storm Euclid, the U.S. Weather Service’s official name of 2012’s big swan song.

December is ending with plenty of snow to close out the books of 2012.

According to a GMP news statement Dec. 28, winds approaching 50 mph were recorded along the western slopes of the Green Mountains and along the Route 7 corridor from the Massachusetts border to southern Rutland County.

"Preparation began with a conference call Christmas Day once the forecast started taking shape," GMP spokesman Jeremy Baker said.

"Several line workers and assessment teams from the northern areas of our company traveled to Wilmington and Brattleboro ahead of the storm.

Nearly 40 contract line workers from as far away as Ontario joined forces with GMP line workers and tree trimmers to ensure that we had plenty of resources."

Euclid’s snow accumulated from 8 to 14 inches, depending on elevation.

Area ski resorts were cashing in on the fresh snow blanket.

Middlebury Ski Bowl was gearing up for students and other skiers in the area for New Year’s. Both Killington and Okemo ski resorts posted “live” website content which promoted the big snowfall.

Killington’s colorful website banner boasted “18 inches of new snow and counting” during the day Dec. 27.

Vermont’s stormy season hasn’t only attracted visiting skiers; it has affected local residents and impacted social media.

GMP’s Baker noted that the utility has just added a "Power Out" button on its Facebook page. Customers—assuming they can get online during a storm—can report an outage from home or at work.

”Along with Facebook, you can also report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672," Baker added.

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