Snow blankets state, schools close

New Haven Green looks awfully white today, Feb. 3, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)
New Haven Green looks awfully white today, Feb. 3, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Cities and towns instituted parking bans, and many school children got an extra long weekend, as the latest winter storm brings more snow to Connecticut. And more snow is coming this week.

Some evening activities, including afternoon and evening classes at colleges and universities, have been cancelled, but that depends on the individual schools and their location. Central Connecticut State University in New Britain cancelled all classes that start after 4 p.m., but at the University of New Haven in West Haven, classes that start on or after 5:30 pm.. will be held.

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Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Gil Simmons expects the heavier amounts of snow will fall along the shoreline, where up to eight inches of snow could accumulate.

“Should be winding down mid-to-late afternoon,” Simmons said. Expect patches of ice as the temperature tonight drops below freezing again.

Bradley had 5 departure cancellations and 8 arrival cancellations, along with 5 departure delays and 4 arrival delays.   Bradley is also taking diversions from New York airports.

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Cities and towns varied in their response to the storm to clear the streets. In Bridgeport, the city declared a snow emergency this morning and launched  Alternate-Side-of-the-Street parking rules (odd numbered side) on snow emergency routes.

In New Haven, the city ordered a parking ban from midnight until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, with no parking downtown and no parking on snow routes, and parking only on even numbered side of the streets.

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The early morning commute was for the most part uneventful, but drivers were advised to take it easy and slow down during the day.

As of 7:30 a.m., Bradley International Airport reported four departing flights were cancelled. As always, passengers were advised to call ahead or go online to check their flight status.

Metro-North trains were mostly running on time, but the railroad advised riders to “use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases.”

Another storm with more snow is expected on Wednesday.

Forecast Link: WXedge.com

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