On March 15, 2017

Winter storm Stella wallops northeast

Ski resorts and snowsport enthusiasts rejoice

By Evan Johnson

Winter storm Stella came down hard on the northeast dumping up to two feet of snow by early Wednesday. The fast-moving storm caused thousands of flights across the northeast to be canceled and closed schools.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for all of Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with snowfall rates at  2-3 inches per hour and visibility decreasing to under a quarter-mile.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation warned drivers to avoid unnecessary travel.

According to the National Weather Service, Rutland was forecasted for 12-18 inches of snow, with more in Killington and the mountain s.

Castleton University issued a closure for its campus until Wednesday, while the University of Vermont closed its campus until Thursday morning. In Montpelier, all nonessential employees were asked to go home at noon on Tuesday.

Governor Phil Scott said VTrans has 250 plow trucks active around the state, with another 25 available on reserve. The Agency has approx. 375 licensed drivers  on call.

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