Snow conditions in Meriden

Snowy East Main street in Meriden, Feb. 5, 2014. (WTNH / George Roelofsen)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8’s Jeff Valin reports on the snow conditions in Meriden this morning.

If given the option, most would choose to stay home on a day like this. But, some people have no choice but to take on the elements this Wednesday.

“Three o’clock we started this morning, six trucks on the road,” said Tim O’Byrne, Q-River Plowing.

A lot has changed since this plow driver got to work, considering it was just dry, bare pavement not too long ago. He will burn plenty of gas before this is all over.

“I do about three tanks a storm on an average twelve-hour storm,” said O’Byrne.

Alex Sola of Meriden says he has not seen conditions like this since before he had his four-wheel drive Jeep.

“The last time I remember seeing these kinds of conditions where it was this bad, was about two years ago, when we got nailed by that giant storm that had everybody shut down,” said Sola.

Even with the change-over to sleet and freezing rain, it has not made the snow much deeper. It is plenty deep enough, but is now much denser and heavier by the shovel load.

“It’s starting not to accumulate as much, but it’s starting to get slippery underneath, and the snow’s starting to pack up and get heavy now,” said O’Byrne.

No one is immune, not even emergency vehicles. Sometimes, at News 8 we have got your back in unusual ways. In this moment, photographer George Roelofsen and I are giving an ambulance a push, because that is how we roll when others are unable to.

“If it’s not urgent and it’s not an emergency, I would just stay off the road because it is slippery.  I’ve seen cars sliding behind me, and it’s not ideal conditions at all,” said Sola.


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