Vermont grapples with power outages amid snowstorm

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NEWPORT –– Vermont faces a challenging situation as a late-season snowstorm continues to affect the state. Approximately 12,800 customers were without power on Thursday morning, with Rutland and Bennington counties being the hardest hit, accounting for 5,500 of these outages.

The number peaked at around 16,000 customers earlier in the day. In Orleans County, a smaller scale outage has only impacted the town of Troy, with 19 customers currently without power.

The National Weather Service has maintained a winter storm warning until early Friday, with an additional 3 to 15 inches of snow expected.

Total snowfall across Vermont could range from 5 to 20 inches, with southern areas, especially the mountains, likely to experience the heaviest accumulation.

In addition to the snow, the weather service has warned of high winds, which could exacerbate travel difficulties and risk of falling tree branches.

The most intense snowfall is expected to lessen by Thursday afternoon, with later accumulations primarily in grassy areas. Residents are advised to exercise caution during this period.

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