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Cities, towns around state preparing for another winter storm

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Another winter wallop is on the way, and it's expected to bring snow and sleet to everyone in the state. Towns and cities around Connecticut spent the day Monday preparing. 

At Hamden's Department of Public Works, 17 trucks were loaded with salt and sand.  

"We prepared as we do for a normal storm and we're ready for anything," Craig Cesare, Hamden's Public Works Director told News 8.  

The major concern that has crews and superintendents watching the forecast by the minute is the predicted changeover to sleet. 

"We're watching that very closely and we're fearful of freezing rain for the afternoon commute," Cesare added. 

Debris and brush is still littering some roads from last month's ice storm. Weakened trees are creating even more work for tree service companies like K&J. Their arborists spent the day Monday cutting down dangling limbs ahead of Tuesday's storm. 

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"We've still seen a lot of damage on trees," arborist Dan Poole said. "Hanging limbs, limbs in yards and a lot of trees that have been compromised by the ice." 

More ice on the way could mean even more downed trees, especially to those already weakened. 

"We've got all of our mechanics in tonight, all our trucks are filled with diesel. They're doing service on all the vehicles making sure they're top notch and ready to be running for tomorrow," Poole added. 

Crews are urging people to stay off the roads, especially in the afternoon Tuesday if they can. 

"If you don't need to be out, don't be out," Cesare added. "Sounds like it could be a treacherous afternoon." 

On the other hand, some say they're ready for a snow day! 

"I wouldn't mind a snow day," Chelsea Oliveras said. "Put on my pajamas, watch a good movie, probably put on some Netflix."


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