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7.) March 6th 2001 Town Meeting Day Snowstorm. 23" at BTV and 36" at Jay Peak
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Early Monday, March 5th, 2001 a developing winter storm formed off the North Carolina Coast near Cape Hatteras and tracked toward Cape Cod and produced 15 to 30 inches of snow across the North Country. Figure 7-1 shows the surface analysis on 6 March 2001 at 8 PM with a deep 982mb area of low pressure near Cape Cod, which transported plenty of Atlantic moisture into our region.

This deep Atlantic moisture interacted with cold air supplied by surface high pressure across the northern Great Lakes, to produce favorable conditions for a historic and long duration late season snowfall across northern New York and Vermont.
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Snow overspread Vermont and northern New York, Monday morning (March 5th) and became steady by afternoon and continued through the night before tapering off by late Tuesday, March 6th, 2001. The snow was heavy at times which produce near zero visibilities and extremely hazardous driving. Snowfall rates associated with this epic storm were between 2 and 4 inches per hour, especially across central and southern Vermont.

Figure 7-2 shows a northeast radar mosaic on 6 March 2001 at 8 PM. Note the dark greens and embedded yellows in the figure, showing very heavy snowfall rates, which occurred across the Champlain Valley.
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Figure 7-3 shows an inferred satellite image on 5 March 2001 at 602 PM.

This image shows deep Atlantic moisture being transported into our region, around the cyclonic circulation near Cape Cod, which helped to produce very heavy snowfall across the North Country.
Some impacts included the following:
Many schools and businesses were closed, and numerous towns postponed their Town meeting day. A number of accidents were reported including some on I-89 and I-91 with a portion of I-91 closed in Windsor, County Vermont. Several building roofs collapsed (apparently due to the weight of the snow) across central and southern, Vermont. Snowfall amounts in Chittenden County included, Underhill 28.6 inches, South Burlington 22.9 inches, while amounts in Lamoille County, amounts ranged from 18 to 24 inches. Generally, between 15 and 30 inches of snow fell except between 8 and 18 inches of snow fell in southern St. Lawrence. A few snowfall reports in Northern New York included: In western Essex County, Wilmington received 26 inches, while in southwest Clinton County, Ellenburg Depot had 26 inches. This storm produced snowfall amounts similar to the Valentine's Day snowstorm of February 2007, both of which are in the top ten snowstorms in WFO BTV history. In addition, this storm produced the heaviest storm total snowfall ever at Burlington for the month of March. With a total of 47.6 inches of snow for the entire month, March 2001 was the snowiest March ever at Burlington, Vermont. In addition, Mount Mansfield had its snowiest March ever with 82.6 inches. The Town Meeting Day 2001 snow storm ranked 7th for greatest storms across the WFO BTV warning area during the past decade.


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Figure 7-1: Surface Analysis 5 March 2001 at 8 PM
Figure 7-2: Radar Mosaic on 5 March 2001 at 8 PM
Figure 7-3: Satellite Image on 5 March 2001 at 602 PM


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