State prepares for snow storm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) –  Another winter storm is on its way tonight with several more inches of snow and there has already been several closings and cancellations.

Winter Storm Warnings are posted across Connecticut for midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. Snow is expected certainly, and some sleet and freezing rain is possible in places.

“While this storm moving in overnight, it will be a fast moving one, it’s the timing of its arrival that is so impactful!” said Meteorologist Erika Martin.

“This storm is due to arrive overnight, with the heaviest and steadiest snowfall timing out between 4AM-7AM. This of course means major headaches for commuters tomorrow morning. We’ll see a change over to a wintry mix, including freezing rain and sleet by 9AM for the shoreline, and then some rain as temperatures get slightly above the freezing mark. But inland will see the snow sticking around a bit longer before the changeover to snow, freezing rain, and sleet. All and all this storm has already disrupted most of CT’s active lifestyle as schools have already been canceled and we will likely see heavy traffic and possible train delays,” said Martin.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has ordered a delayed opening for all non-essential state employees to report to work at 10 AM.

Events and schools are already announcing cancellations and closings due to the storm.

Malloy’s State of the State address has be postponed. It has been rescheduled for Thursday.

All Judicial Branch courthouses and administrative offices will open to the public at 10 AM.

UConn, Southern Connecticut State University and Connecticut College have all cancelled classes for tomorrow.

Hartford and Bridgeport have declared snow emergencies. Hartford has also already closed schools for Wednesday.

Parking bans will go in affect for many cities, including Hartford, Meriden and Waterbury.



Public Works facility in Glastonbury. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)
Public Works facility in Glastonbury. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

Statewide, expect to see 6″ to 9″ of snow, with higher totals in the northwest, and lower in the southeast.

“If the temperatures are even a bit warmer, we could see a changeover to just rain for a lot of the state,”  Meteorologist Sam Kantrow said. “If temperatures are a bit colder, it would remain as snow for a longer length of time, causing higher snowfall totals.”

As they’ve done already this week, schools across the state will have to decide whether to close for the day, or wait for a while and delay openings.

This Town of Stonington plow truck will be busy early Wednesday morning. (WTNH / Tina Detelj)
This Town of Stonington plow truck will be busy early Wednesday morning. (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

The DMV has cancelled all road tests for Wednesday before 1 PM.

The state Department of Transportation, along with public works crews in cities and towns, are spending part of the day getting their sanding trucks and plows tuned up and ready for the work to be done overnight.

News 8’s Good Morning Connecticut will be on early beginning at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday with the latest on the conditions, school delays and cancellations, and travel conditions.

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