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April Surprise Snowstorm

After the storm in Jericho Center.

If you weren’t in northern Vermont for this week’s wild winter storm, maybe you heard about it. Less than a week after the snow tires were taken off my Subaru, Mother Nature decided to dump more than a foot of heavy, wet snow across the Green Mountains.
Here we are just a few days before the first of May, and it snowed for about 30 hours straight. Power lines came down, trees were uprooted, and cars slid off the road. It was ridiculous.
Before this happened, it seemed like spring was in full swing in Vermont. The landscape was blooming, the birds were singing, and the peepers were loud at night.
So I really wasn’t ready for 22 inches of snow to fall in my backyard on Wednesday. But thankfully it’s melting fast. Like most people around here, I just want it to be spring again.

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12 Comments
  • Steve Borichevsky
    Posted at 11:47h, 29 April Reply

    This spring brings back two memories. The year when I was in junior high when it reached 90F in April and another year we got 15 inches of snow in May back in the 70’s. I hope things get back to normal soon.

  • A New England Life
    Posted at 13:39h, 29 April Reply

    22″ of snow? Good gosh that’s a lot for this time of year! The beautiful weather that’s headed our way this week-end should help to change all that. The peepers will be back in full song before you know it : )

    PS – No snow here on the coast, thankfully. Just a short burst of sleet.

  • Erin @ I Heart New England
    Posted at 16:52h, 29 April Reply

    That’s crazy!! Hope it melts for you soon ♥

  • Alyson (New England Living)
    Posted at 17:17h, 29 April Reply

    Holy cow! We just got rain. I can’t imagine getting that kind of snow this close to May! Hope it melts very, very quickly!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 23:14h, 29 April Reply

    Hi Steve — Those extremes sound very familiar. I think it was 80 degrees a couple of weeks ago, and it’s supposed to be in the 70s here on Saturday. Ah, New England.

    Hi Sharon — I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the snow melts over the weekend. It warmed up today, so hopefully the peepers will return soon.

    Thanks Erin! Me too.

    Hi Alyson — It looks like it’s going to melt pretty quickly. Maybe it will all be gone from my yard by Saturday (May 1). Thanks!

  • a whole lotta love
    Posted at 13:25h, 30 April Reply

    Gotta love vermont 🙂

  • matthew houskeeper
    Posted at 11:14h, 01 May Reply

    I didn’t realize you had snow. From the reports, it looked like the Northeast Kingdom was the area that got hit.
    You should have really warm temps today.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 13:19h, 01 May Reply

    A whole lotta love — I know, right? It certainly keeps things interesting.

    Hi Matt — So many people outside of this region said they didn’t even hear about this storm. Locally, the weather forecasters kept saying the snow was mostly just going to be in the mountains, and then we got hit really hard. It wasn’t hyped like the “Snowmageddon” in DC, so we were totally caught off guard. But I’m happy to say that the snow is almost gone from my yard this morning.

  • Baydog
    Posted at 22:55h, 03 May Reply

    Vermonters don’t “hype” snow, do they? It’s as normal as the sun coming up. As I’ve heard so many times in Vermont: If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes! Ilovermont.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 10:25h, 04 May Reply

    Hi Baydog — No we don’t hype snow. We just get annoyed when we get hammered with snow so late in the season. I just wasn’t ready for this one. But I guess I’ve lived here long enough to know better!

  • mommatosena
    Posted at 19:03h, 05 May Reply

    Your freak snow storm will grant bounty in the form of less blackflies and mosquitos if the old traditions still hold.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 03:04h, 07 May Reply

    Hi Mommatosena — I hope you’re right!

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