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The earliest heavy snowfall on modern record dumped up to 20 inches across the higher elevations of southwest Vermont, including 18 inches in Pownal on this date, in 1987. The snow was primarily west of the Connecticut River as a cold front stalled over eastern New England on the 3rd while a wave of low pressure traveled north. Colder air was pulled into the storm from the southwest, causing southwestern Vermont and eastern New York to bear the brunt of the storm.