Avalanche warning for Mount Washington

Avalanche warning for Mount Washington

(AP) In New Hampshire, the Mount Washington Avalanche Center has issued an extreme avalanche danger warning on two trails after more than 16 inches of snow has fallen on the highest peak in the Northeast.

The warning was issued for much of Huntington Ravine and Tuckerman Ravine. The 6,288-foot summit had picked up 16.4 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Monday, with more snow falling.

Just after 12:30 p.m., it was 6 degrees at the summit with 67 mph wind gusts, creating a wind child of 24 degrees below zero

Nearby in Vermont, the state's residents are digging out from the biggest storm to hit the state in more than two years.

The National Weather Service says 16 inches of snow has fallen in the town of Walden in the northeast corner of the state, and Sutton got 15.5 inches.

More than a foot of snow fell in the Burlington area.

Marlon Verasamy of the NWS, says it's the biggest storm to hit Vermont since Feb. 2, 2015. The winter storm warning was to expire Monday evening.

Schools and businesses are closed across the state, but Vermont is taking the storm in stride.

On Sunday night, Republican Gov. Phil Scott declared a "powder day" for Monday and urged winter enthusiasts in the state to stay another day and enjoy the snow.

Scott also urged everyone to drive carefully.

Photo: Ryan Jussif shovels out a front porch and walkway in Derry, N.H., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Another winter blast of snow and strong winds moved into the Northeast on Sunday, just days after the biggest storm of the season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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