NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Although most Connecticut residents need raingear Friday, those in the northwestern hills woke up to a winter wonderland.

As a longtime New Englander living in Norfolk, Austin Mandel, a cook at the Berkshire Country Store, doesn’t mind the snow. He said it’s like they’re living in their own world. 

“It’s like someone shook a snow globe, you know, all of a sudden, it hits us,” Mandel said. “We’re that snow globe on the shelf around everyone else.”

It was a tricky morning commute, the storm slamming hilltowns like Norfolk with several inches of snow. Schools in the area opened late or closed for the day.

“The roads are slushy, wet, and slippery,” Norfolk Public Information Officer Jon Barbagallo said.

The heavy wet snow in Norfolk is good for snowballs but tough to clear with a shovel. The town expects more snow throughout the day, but they said they’re ready for it. 

“If you have lived in this neck of the woods long enough, you know to expect more snow than other parts of the state,” Barbagallo said. “You can expect it to be 8 to 10 degrees colder than Hartford and certainly down by the shore. People are used to it at this point here.”

Barbagallo said plows will be out until at least Saturday morning in Norfolk, with the town finding itself again in the heart of another winter storm. 

Connecticut Department of Transportation Spokesperson Josh Morgan urged drivers to slow down and give themselves extra time on Friday.

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