Snow clears out of Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A heavy wave of snow made driving treacherous across Connecticut for a few hours Tuesday, and when it’s all done there are days of above-freezing temperatures ahead.

Three to six inches of snow fell across much of the state. In New Haven, Storm Team 8′s Meteorologist Quincy Vagell said snowfall rates were between one and two inches per hour during the peak of the storm.

Here is a sampling of snowfall totals from around Connecticut:

  • Meriden – 6.0″
  • Portland – 5.5″
  • North Haven – 5.3″
  • Tolland – 5.0″
  • New Haven – 4.1″

LINK: Storm Team 8 Forecast

Snow makes for tough going on I-691 in Meriden, Feb. 18, 2014. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)
Snow makes for tough going on I-691 in Meriden, Feb. 18, 2014. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

Driving was tough for many during the late morning and early afternoon. There were tractor-trailer crashes and car spinouts on the highways.  At one point state police warned via Twitter “Travel I-91 and I-84 is expected to quickly deteriorate over the next 30 minutes as the snowfall intensity picks up”.

Many schools closed their doors for the day, while others were already closed for a winter break. Some colleges and universities also closed for the day.

Several towns which had community meetings or other events planned postponed those meetings until another day. For example, the Town of Seymour planned to close municipal buildings at 2 p.m., cancelled a Board of Selectman meeting, and put off a public hearing until next month.

So far this year Connecticut has received more than 53 inches of snow, well above the average snowfall of more than 18 inches along the shoreline, and 26 inch average inland.

Parking bans remained in effect for some streets in New Haven. North Haven instituted a parking ban at midnight, and the City of Meriden put a parking ban in place beginning at 5:00 a.m. in an effort to get streets cleared of snow. Hartford also has a parking ban in effect.

For people tired of the seemingly non-stop snow, the temperature could get up to 50 degrees for a high on Friday.

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