First winter storm of 2024 is forecast to bring some real snow to Vermont this weekend
This year’s first round of light, fluffy snow is on its way.
The National Weather Service says a winter storm is expected to bring 8 to 12 inches of snow to southern Vermont from Saturday night into Sunday and 3 to 6 inches of snow to the rest of the state.
The first winter storm of the year is on our doorstep with widespread snow expected to move into the region this evening. Snow totals will range from 3-6" for northern VT and the International Border with upwards of 8-12" across southern VT and Essex County in NY. #vtwx #nywx pic.twitter.com/slgcGb3nuS— NWS Burlington (@NWSBurlington) January 6, 2024
Road conditions are expected to be slick Sunday, though the Weather Service says new snow will likely be light enough to avoid major utility damage.
They expect travel to be difficult Sunday morning, with poor visibility and potential for drifting snow in parts of central and southern Vermont, where winds could gust up to 30 mph.
Some generator guidelines
For those who do lose power, here's a little generator 101 from Jim Brochhausen, who owns Brook Field Service in Northfield. He says if you have an automatic standby generator, these are some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure your fuel tanks are full. If you run out of fuel and need an emergency delivery, particularly if it comes on a Sunday, that can be very expensive. And if there are trees down, fuel trucks might not make it to your house.
- It's a good idea to test your generator. On a nice day, just turn it on and make sure it's ready to go. If you have an issue, don't wait for the power outage to call your generator service company.
- If the battery in your generator dies, do not try to jumpstart it like you would a car.
- Have a professional service your generator at least once a year.
If you have a gasoline-powered portable generator, Brochhausen has these tips:
- Safety first: make sure you never run the generator inside, even if it's in a garage with the door open. Carbon monoxide is very deadly. Instead, run it outside, 10 feet away from windows and doors, with the exhaust pointed away from the building.
- It’s important that the house has a manual transfer switch so the generator doesn’t back feed to the power grid. Some folks try to take shortcuts, which can be dangerous, particularly for line workers who are working to get power back on in your neighborhood.
- Do not use ethanol gasoline in portable generators. They're small engines, and they need to run on premium gas; ethanol will ruin the generator over time. Plan ahead to address your fuel needs during a power outage.
With any kind of generator, try to be conservative with your electricity use when it’s on.
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- Here's a list of warming shelters from Vermont 211.
- You can find a statewide power outage map here.
- Traffic and road conditions are listed on New England 511.
- The Department of Public Safety's Vermont Emergency management has tips for power outages, such as checking on older neighbors, never touching downed or damaged powerlines, having flashlights, a crank radio and extra batteries on hand, making sure your carbon monoxide detectors work and filling your bathtub with water to have as spare for flushing toilets and washing (though not for drinking!).
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