Updated: Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011, 7:06 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011, 5:49 AM EST
New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - Snow was falling across Southern and Eastern Connecticut as yet another winter storm strikes, adding several more inches to Connecticut's record setting snow totals.
We've had "more snow this month than any month on record," Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Dr. Mel said.
Governor Dannel Malloy planned to open the Emergency Operation Center at the state armory in Hartford beginning at 4 p.m. It will stay open throughout the storm.
Light snow was falling in Southern and Eastern parts of the state, but the heaviest of the storm is expected to arrive Wednesday evening and be out of here before sunrise Thursday. Depending on where you live, residents can expect to see anywhere from two to twelve inches of snow.
The first round of snow made for tough driving conditions. One example, an SUV went into the snow along the median of I-91 in New Haven. The incident did not affect highway traffic.
Connecticut state police spokesman Lt. J Paul Vance said accident reports were piling up. "Road conditions are slippery and we're very very busy," Lt. Vance said. He urged drivers to take extreme caution and drive defensively.
Apparently acting on the motto better safe than sorry, many school districts announced plans to send kids home early.
The second wave of snow "does get heavier for the evening commute," Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Gil Simmons said. "I would plan a lot of patience for coming home."
Many towns have already initiated parking bans to make snow removal easier overnight. Farmington, for example, alerted residents via Twitter of their parking ban and said "Violators will be ticketed and towed."
In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra says a parking ban will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. tonight until 8:00 a.m. Thursday. Mayor Segarra says it's critical that cars are off the streets so plow crews can do their jobs.
"I think by (5:00 a.m.) most of the snow will be over into Rhode Island and out of the state," Simmons said.
At Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, 44.9" of snow has been recorded so far this month. In Bridgeport, 28.8 inches of snow has fallen. And counting.
"It's becoming the snowiest month ever (recorded) across the state of Connecticut," Dr. Mel said, "which is incredible when you think of the big snow years we have experienced in the past."