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Record-breaking snowstorms pummel NE America
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16:13, February 28, 2008

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A seasonal snowfall-record-toppling snowstorm swept over New England Wednesday, collapsing buildings and forcing people to flee a restaurant when the roof fell in.

The dangerous snow load has kept roofing contractors and homeowners scrambling.

"People can't keep up with the snow. They think it's going to stop, but it's just not stopping," said Shawn Greenwood, owner of Greenwood Construction, in St. Johnsbury, Vt. "I've been roofing for 20 years and this is the worst I've ever seen. I was shoveling a roof off one day two weeks ago and the house next door caved in."

In Vermont, Burlington's 7.6 inches pushed the official snowfall past the February record of 34.3 inches and the winter record from December, January and February of 96.9 inches.

Concord already had set a record for the snowiest December, January and February, and the storm pushed the total for the three months to 97.5 inches. For the entire snow season, Concord has seen 99.6 inches, off the record of 122 inches, set in the winter of 1873-74, but still enough to make it the 10th snowiest winter on record.

In northern Maine, Caribou had seen 144.5 inches this season as of Wednesday morning, putting it on pace to break the record of 181.1 for the entire season, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Turner.

Parts of eastern New York State also had gotten as much as a foot of snow, closing dozens of schools in the region, mostly in the Albany area.

Farther west, lake effect snow fed by moisture from Lake Michigan piled up nearly a foot deep Wednesday in northwest Indiana, and forecasters said totals could reach 20 inches by Thursday morning.

Source: Xinhua

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