Greater Hartford digging out after a foot of snow accumulates during first major winter storm of the season


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Crews in the Greater Hartford area are hard at work plowing as the snow accumulated throughout Thursday.

The first storm of the year is supposed to ease us into winter with just a couple of inches, but Old Man Winter and Mother Nature had a different plan. The first major winter storm of the season dumped nearly two feet of snow on the state in about 12 hours.

“I used to love snow, I used to look forward to the first big snowstorm of the year as much as my children, do. But since I took this job, I fear it every year!” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

By 10 p.m. Wednesday in West Hartford, the snow was building up on the roads making driving difficult. The Westfarms Mall even delayed opening Thursday until 1 p.m. due to the snowfall.

In East Hartford, over 600 DOT workers are working hard to handle the snow, and now that the snow has stopped falling, they can clear out more of it.

The parking ban that went into effect Wednesday in Hartford is still in effect until Friday morning at 6 a.m. So if you think you can park your car on the road overnight, it will be gone when you wake up.

“It was predicted to be a big storm and it was a big storm! We were counting about 15 inches around 10 o’clock this morning and more fell after that. I am grateful to everybody who moved their cars off the street and complied with the parking ban,” said Mayor Bronin.

As city crews plow the streets, residents are digging themselves out of their homes. The challenge, where to put all the snow.

For Thomas Berry, of Hartford, it’s hand-to-hand combat.

With six tools including shovels, a rake, a broom, and an ice chipper at his disposal, he is clearing his driveway and the sidewalk in front of his home.

“I had drifts when I came out, especially in this tunnel, at least 2 1/2 feet or so,” he told News 8. “Just think if it had been heavy wet snow. Oh my goodness, they probably would’ve been calling 911 for me.”

You shouldn’t shovel snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the street because it will undo the work of the DPW, the mayor says, or it will get plowed right back onto the sidewalk.

Mayor Bronin adds, “And if we see you, we are going to take enforcement action because it affects everybody in the city.”

Residents are asked to snow blow or shovel snow into their yards if they can.

The mayor saying, overall, people are complying with the parking ban, allowing the plow trucks to complete access to the streets, which made clean up easier. And residents are taking notice.

Debra Riggs said, “They are just shoveling us out. This is the first time we have been out, but it is fine. They are doing a good job. The roads have been great; I’ve seen a lot of plows and I’m very appreciative…It’s New England it happens it could be worse!”

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