Mon Nov 27 2018
We got hammered with heavy wet snow today! Many people are without power. Many people are without heat. For some, it has been for over 12 hours. For others, it is their first experience of candlelit conversation.
This Red Squirrel was tunneling through the snow to the bird seed I had put out recently. (Lura Pratson)
I called Green Mountain Power at 3:30 pm today, the primary electric supplier for our area, the woman who answered the phone was so kind, patient and polite. I reported my power outage and she asked, "At what time did your power go off?" and "Does your electricity run your heat?". I answered her questions and asked her if there was an anticipated restoration time frame as it usually indicates on the website and today it did not. She politely answered, "There is not yet an anticipated restoration period."
I was nervous about how long the power really would be out after her response, but I completely understood. I knew I wasn't going out driving today and I can't imagine it to be easy for those folks who are out there, be it electricians, heating technicians, plow operators, first responders, etc.
The snow is great for the winter tourism to our state, but without power, it is difficult to capitalize off of it; as many shops, schools, and even roads were closed for today. (VT School Closings, VPR) Certainly, the ski resorts benefitted from the extra foot traffic on this early November Monday morning! (Skicam, Killington Mtn)
Tree bows, heavy with snow, sag toward the ground. (Lura Pratson)
This snow is just in time to help make the Wassail Weekend the most cheerful and festive weekend Woodstock VT hosts each year. This year it will be held on December 7-9. We can only hope the power will be restored by then!
More on Wassail Weekend in the next blog post by the Woodstock Local!
November Nor'easter hits Woodstock, Vermont (Lura Pratson)