(Montpelier, VT-AP) October 26, 2005 - Relying on an electric alarm clock may have been a bad idea in Vermont this morning. More than 36,000 power customers in the state awoke with no electricity.
The first snowstorm of the season knocked down power lines and knocked out service. A Vermont power company official calls it a "perfect storm."
Higher elevations are seeing more snow. Snowfall ranged from a trace in the capital of Montpelier to 16 inches in Barton and 20 inches on Jay Peak.
More than 140 schools in the state are closed or opening late.