Weather forecasters finally got it right this week when they predicted the arrival of the regions first significant snow storm on the cusp of winter. Skiers, snowmobilers and all kinds of winter-gear retailers were happy with a fresh blanket of up to 6 of snow in the valley and even more in the Green Mountains. The storm began in the early morning hours of Dec. 2. The weather forced Addison County school closings and caused several fenderbenders on area backroads. Road crews in the county worked around-the-clock to kept up with road plowing and salting. Difficult driving conditions were reported in Addison Countys western foothills at dawn Dec. 2 because the roadways were covered with snow. "If this is global warming I can really dig it," said Marcia Smith-Longey of Salisbury. Smith-Longey said she bought a new plastic snow shovel and a big bag of rock salt at a local hardware store in preparation of the Monday storm. I also just put my snow tires on, she added. I got caught my surprise. Last year I waited for snow tires until after Christmas. Not this year. I guess were back to an old fashioned cold winter. The storm wasnt just good news to students who enjoyed a day off; owners of Vermonts snow-related businesses were happy, too. Meteorologists called for as much as 18" in the mountains coupled with snowmaking operations at the states larger ski resorts. To find out the latest road conditions locally and statewide, log on to VTranss 511 web site at: www.511VT.com .