NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Open or close — that’s the question for school administrators this morning as they assess conditions following Thursday’s strong winter storm. Drivers found slippery roads on side streets and highways.
A mix of school delays and cancellations were reported to News 8 by administrators. View the list.
Overnight some cities and towns saw a little more snow hit the ground, including a reported five additional inches in North Canaan. “Temperatures are dropping across the state and things are freezing up,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Gil Simmons said this morning, but it will be warming up later in the day.
Snow is also in the forecast for Saturday, Simmons said, and it could be a plowable amount.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Litchfield County through 10 a.m. It’s been canceled for other areas.
Gov. Dannel Malloy on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of a lack of road salt. State transportation crews only have enough salt for one more storm, the governor said. He’ll be reaching out to FEMA and the White House for assistance.
The governor said state workers should report to work one hour later than their usual start time.
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp also declared a state of emergency. She said “local resources are unable to cope with the effects of said emergency.” She’s requested state and federal aid, and wants help from the National Guard to clear city streets of snow.
In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra says there are still many snowy roads to clean up, so a parking ban will remain in effect until 4 o’clock this afternoon.
Metro-North is running on a Saturday schedule today, in part because of the lack of riders yesterday. The railroad said riders should expect crowded trains and possible delays because of the weather conditions. Off-peak fares will be in effect.
Amtrak will be running a modified schedule again today.
At Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, so far this morning there have been 28 cancelled departures and seven cancelled arrivals. Two morning flights out of Tweed-New Haven Airport were also cancelled.
On Thursday. all flights were canceled at Tweed, and 70-percent were cancelled at Bradley.
For bus riders, local service will resume on all CT Transit routes starting at nine o’clock this morning, and will be fully restored by 10 a.m. Riders should expect detours or delays because of the leftover snow and road conditions.
Service will also begin at 9 a.m. for Greater Bridgeport Transit bus riders.