If you were waiting for global warming to help reduce your annual winter heating bill - fah get about it. The coldest air mass of the 2010-2011 winter season is stalled above the Champlain Valley. There's certainly no sign of global warming this year, at least in the North Country.
Early Monday morning Jan. 24 in Middlebury saw temperatures ranging from 13 to 15 below zero. Several low spots in the valley region of Addison County may have seen temperatures to 25 below - possibly lower.
Around 4:30 a.m., Jan. 24, over 2,300 households in Addison County were without power according to Central Vermont Public Service. Many of the customers were in the Leicester area. A power line snapped at the Leicester substation causing the outage. CVPS crews restored by 8:30 a.m.
The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, including Brandon schools, delayed the start of classes by two hours Jan. 24 due to frozen fuel lines in a number of school buses.
So far, the winter of 2010-2011 has been cold and snowy breaking several records for extremes and snowfall.
A coastal storm was predicted to approach the area Jan. 26-28. Snow was expected to be more prevelant east and south of the Vergennes-Middlebury corridor.