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A cardinal huddles in a wisteria bush during Tuesday’s snowstorm.

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Groundhog Day storm leaves about a foot of snow across Windham County

BRATTLEBORO—It didn’t come with the advance warning of the epic storm last week that buried southern New England, but Monday’s snowstorm gave southern Vermont a taste of what it missed only days earlier.

Many snow lovers felt cheated that most of the snow that was forecast for southern Vermont last week fell 50 miles east of Brattleboro, but they got a second chance on Monday, as more than a foot of snow fell in Windham County.

The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., had forecast 8 to 16 inches of snow to fall on the region by Monday night, and its projections were close to on target.

Snowfall totals submitted to the Weather Service ranged from 9.3 inches in Rockingham and 11 inches in East Dummerston and West Townshend, to 12 inches in Guilford and Brattleboro and 14 inches in South Newfane and Townshend.

West Townshend reported the most snow, with 15 inches.

Travel was difficult on the roads. Vermont State Police closed Interstate 91 northbound between Exit 7 in Springfield and Exit 8 in Weathersfield from 1:30 to about 5 p.m. Monday due to several motor vehicle collisions.

All schools in the Windham Southeast, Windham Northeast, Windham Central, and Windham Southwest districts cancelled classes for Monday, but classes were held as scheduled on Tuesday. Many other area businesses and institutions also took a snow day on Monday.

Very cold temperatures followed this storm, as lows early Tuesday morning in Brattleboro got down to –10 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #291 (Wednesday, February 4, 2015). This story appeared on page A1.

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