||A storm system initiated across the southern Rockies on the 12th and moved across the southern Plains on the 13th into the Gulf coast states on the 14th. On the 14th, this storm intensified rapidly across the southeast United States and continued to intensify rapidly as it moved along the Eastern seaboard on the 15th to the western tip of Long Island, NY on the morning of the 16th. Thereafter, this powerful Nor���easter drifted east of New England. In the northeast kingdom of Vermont (Essex and Caledonia counties), snow overspread the area by late morning on the 15th, but mixed with sleet and rain several times from early afternoon through the night of the 15th, before gradually ending during the morning of the 16th. Strong east to southeast winds, ���down-sloping���, off the White Mountains of New Hampshire accounted for significantly less precipitation and milder temperatures in northeast Vermont. Snowfall totals were generally 2 to 3 inches within the valleys and locally more in east-facing higher terrain. Some specific snowfall totals included: 2 inches in Sutton, Waterford and Lyndonville (Caledonia county) as well as East Haven and Island Pond (Essex county) with 3 inches in West Barnet (Caledonia county).