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DOT asking residents to stay off roads later today as they will become hard to keep clear as storm continues on

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NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Snow will soon be falling but flakes are really supposed to be ramping up right around rush hour, which means more cars on the road and more obstacles in the way for plows.

Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) crews were out Wednesday pre-treating the roads with liquid salt and brine in advance of the storm that – after all is said and done – is set to dump 3-5” of fresh snow on the state.

Road crews are hoping that, as people have gotten used to working from home, they will work from home Thursday and Friday during the snowstorm.

Once DOT is past clearing the snow for rush hour Thursday, it just becomes a battle against time.

While this storm not bringing large snow totals like earlier in the month, the problem is the duration of the storm.

“A longer duration storm, regardless of how much snow is falling at the time, do eat up more resources and the crews have to be out there longer and it does tire out the crews a little bit more,” explained Kevin Nursick with DOT.

The state is also keeping a close eye on salt supplies. While some private contractors having to wait in line, Nursick said they have plenty stored in their 86 sheds across the state.

“We are not experiencing a salt shortage. Deliveries are coming in a little bit slower, but we do have enough material on-hand, stockpiled to contend with winter weather as we move throughout the rest of the season here.”

So, for the men and women who are working in the storm, it’s going to be a longer time than normal inside the cab to the plow trucks. But for people who are commuting, it is supposed to be ramping up in the afternoon, which means more snow building up as people are ready to come home from work.

While you’re getting ready for Thursday/Friday’s storm, it’s important to know the storm that happened earlier in the week in Texas is going to affect you, especially if you get in a car crash.

News 8 spoke with one autobody shop that said some auto companies have a real shortage in auto parts, more than 60,000 Ford auto parts are back-ordered for just one auto company alone.

“If you get overnight snow, it isn’t as bad because people end up going into work, or obviously a lot of kids are remote learning right now,” Dan Hovey of Turnpike Motors Autobody said. “But when we get snowstorms in the middle of the day, you guys get stuck in it, and then usually end up here on Friday.”

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