NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The weather conditions are beginning to turn around after a wintry mix of snow and sleet made for a tough Monday morning commute.
“Our weather will improve right through the afternoon after a wild start this morning,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Gil Simmons said.
AAA reported they received 1,009 calls for emergency road assistance in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham and New London counties. That includes 939 calls since 6 AM, with 372 calls around 8 AM alone.
“We have received a lot of calls for vehicles stuck in the snow, primarily in the Greater Hartford area. Trouble spots have included Cedar Mountain in Newington, Avon Mountain and local streets in Hartford,” AAA said in a press release.
More than a dozen school districts delayed their opening.
Roads were slick for the morning commute, with several spin-outs reported, including one on I-91 in Wallingford. The Connecticut Department of Transportation warned of slippery conditions in Hartford and Waterbury.
In Newington, police put out an alert for Route 175.
Cedar Mountain (Rt175) extremely slippery. Numerous vehicles are stuck. Avoid if possible.
— Newington CT Police (@NewingtonPolice) March 31, 2014
That road was reopened a little after 8:30 a.m.
Drive slowly especially in the backcountry roads are slick
— Greenwich PD PIO (@GreenwichCTPD) March 31, 2014
In West Haven, the University of New Haven advised students to “expect delays on all transportation services during the duration of this unexpected weather.”
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For parts of Litchfield County the National Weather Service in Albany said “a quick half inch of snow and sleet could accumulate through mid morning especially on any untreated surfaces.”
The National Weather Service in New York City reports “Half inch to inch of snow reported in parts of western LI and S. CT. Road conditions r hazardous in some places so use caution when driving.”
The wet snow and sleet is expected to end from western to eastern Connecticut, Simmons said, and temperatures could get up near 50 this afternoon.