Conn. blows through snow budget as storm arrives

Crews clear snow as ice pellets fall Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in Hartford, Conn. A winter storm was expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow and sleet in parts of the state. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has spent all its money budgeted for snow and ice removal just as another major storm bears down on New England.

Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said Wednesday that the agency has “eaten through” all $30 million in 11 storms this season. He says a storm moving north will be the 12th to hit Connecticut on Thursday.

Everhart says state transportation officials will move money from other accounts to pay for snow and ice removal. He says 632 trucks are at the ready and more than 200 private contractor trucks are on call.

The state legislature has canceled committee meetings on Thursday. It’s the second disruption caused by weather in eight days. A storm on Feb. 5 delayed the start of the legislature’s annual session.

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