updated 10/18/2005 3:46:56 PM ET 2005-10-18T19:46:56

The rest of New Hampshire may be reveling in fall foliage, but atop Mount Washington, it’s a winter wonderland of 12-foot drifts.

The 6,288-foot summit, the Northeast’s tallest peak, got 34 inches of snow between Saturday and Monday, beating the record for the most snowfall from a single storm in October. It also beat the record for the most snow in 24 hours in October, with 25.5 inches falling between noon Sunday and noon Monday.

“Basically, we’ve had whiteout conditions for the last three days,” said weather observer David Balfrey, who tracks conditions on the summit.

He said the storm left it looking like January or February, with 12-foot drifts and tons of ice.

Balfrey said he and his fellow observers were confident the summit will beat the record for overall October snowfall. The summit is only 5½ inches short of the record of 39.8 inches set in 1969 and more snow was on the way.

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