State getting ready for another wintry mess


(WTNH)–The Department of Transportation has salted the bridges, overpasses and higher elevations to get out ahead of the snow and ice.

While the storm will miss morning rush-hour, the evening commute will be affected. But DOT spokesperson Kevin Nursick says usually the most dangerous part of the storm is the first half-hour the flakes start to fly, and that should be well before the evening rush.

“You have inconsistent conditions when it starts to snow. So you go down a hill and suddenly that dry pavement is no longer dry pavement you are on a quarter inch of snow, someone tapped the breaks and now you have a 20 car pile up on your hands.”

So the warning tonight, you need to be careful as soon as you see the first flakes. JR Burrows from Newington isn’t waiting for the first flakes to stock up on depleted winter supplies.

“I bought firewood, and we are getting ready just in case to keep the house warm. We are not looking forward to the ice, so we bought some snowmelt earlier.”

While the plow drivers are resting, the school superintendents are not. In West Hartford, officials say their office starts at 4 a.m. They look at all of the weather forecasts, they talk to plant services and the roads department, and then the superintendent gets in the car and drives around the roads just to make sure everything is OK. That’s when they make the call yes or no on whether or not to send the buses out into the snow.

Randy LeBron of Newington appreciates the effort.

“It deals with kids, so it is better to be safe than sorry. And I’m happy with the town and the way they handle it.”

The superintendets do talk to each other and text to get an idea of what they are thinking, because they say it’s easier to make a decision with more cities and towns involved.

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