New Haven (WTNH) - As temperatures fall and snow continues in some places inConnecticut, ice could make for potentially dangerous conditions onthe highways for Thursday morning commuters.
"What we got is ice forming from the slushy accumulation we hadduring the day. Temperatures for most of the day were abovefreezing, now, throughout much of the state, they've fallen belowfreezing," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Geoff Fox. "The onlygood news I have right now is, that as we go through the rest ofthe overnight, we are going to see this snow taper off," addedFox.
Many delays and perhaps some closings are expected for morningcommuters, because secondary roads and driveways are going to bedifficult to plow through, commented Fox.
State police out of Montville say the day started out withaccidents as far east as North Stonington on Interstate 95 and asfar north as Plainfield on I-395. But as the day went on fewer carson the roads meant fewer crashes.
"The roads are slippery. Don't let it fool you it's pretty bad,"Roger Jacques of Uncasville said. "There's gonna be more accidentsfor sure. I seen a car get towed on the way to the depot. Cargetting towed and the whole hood was crushed the roof andeverything. Don't go out if you don't have to."
Not surprisingly, we didn't find anyone on the snow coveredbeach in Bridgeport, but it was busy at the Auto Zone. Workers wereselling and installing more than 50 sets of windshield wipers.
"When it snows like this people come in needing windshieldwipers and everything," employee Terry Griffin said, so a snow dayis good for their business.
In New Haven, workers were bracing for the worst, but hoping forthe best. "I was expecting a whole lot of snow, but it wasn't thatbad," said Clarence Green of the Elm City.
"It's very heavy on the roads right now. It turned from thefluffy stuff to downright mush," said Brad Johnston of Waterford.But tow truck drivers were manning the roads all day, to pull car,after car to saftey.
However, Wednesday morning commuters were patiently waiting forsnow that never quite materilaize.
"I was expecting it to be much more than this, but apparentlyit's not coming down yet," said Bello Anka of West Haven.
Local and national forecasts warned of possible heavy winds, afoot or more of snow, and near blizzard conditions in parts ofConnecticut. But the snow totals remained lower to nearlynon-existant in many towns. The National Weather Service, whichissued a Winter Storm Warning, canceled that warning for thenorthern Connecticut counties a litter after 6:00 p.m.
Even before the first flakes had fallen, dozens of towns acrossConnecticut announced parking bans and canceled classes for theday.
Amanda Quillen Boston of Hamden said the roads in her area wereeasy to travel. "They're actually not that bad," she said.
To deal with the evening commute, Gov. Jodi Rell coordinated astaggered work release with Hartford businesses. "The priority forevery employer is safety first," the Governor said.
The majority of flights into and out of Bradley InternationalAirport were canceled Wednesday. Metro-North modified its trainschedule in the morning, but service for the evening rush hourcommute was expected to be near normal. As for morning commuters,all trains are expected to run on schedule.
Many towns, including New Haven and Bridgeport, had parking bansin place so public works crews could more easily clear theaccumulated snow and treat roads.
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