NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — For the third Monday in a row, wintry weather made it tough to get around for drivers and everyone else who had to go somewhere. The troubles began before the sun came up. An SUV slid off Washington Avenue in West Haven, hitting the sign for the Washington Garden Apartments, and knocking down the supports for the front porch roof. Nobody was hurt, but people tell me it sounded like a bomb going off in their front yard.
I-95 was bad, too. State Police closed the southbound lanes near exit 39 in Milford due to a crash that involved a car fire. Fairfield resident Francisca Cortez had to follow the detour to get to work.
“So slippery,” said Cortez. “No cars on the road, Just had to come slow, but it was bad.”
State Police say no one was hurt in that crash, but the roads were tough all over.
“I was headed towards East Hartford and I had to turn around,” said Bob Stoddard of Stratford. “It was just too slippery.”
“They are very bad,” said Waterbury resident Gavin Johnson. “You got to be careful out here. I almost lost it a couple times. It’s real bad.”
It was bad even if you were not driving. People walking or getting on and off buses near the New Haven green were all too ready to complain.
That’s coming from a guy wheeling a bicycle around where just walking was tough in this snow-sleet mix.
“Needles hitting my face. It hurt,” is how Xavier Young of New Haven described the snow-sleet mix blown around by the wind. “I’m ready for summer.”
Of course the storm seemed to be at its worst during rush hour. That meant a change in plans for Eshe Ward, who lives in New Haven, but works in Waterbury.
“Go to work yesterday, I had to do a triple in Waterbury, all those hills, it took me 3 hours to get home,” Ward explained. “I refuse to drive my car in this weather, so I’m taking the bus home.”
If you think a bus sounds rough, an unidentified man with a bicycle walked up to a News8 crew on the New Haven Green, put his arm around the reporter, and shouted this simple message:
“It is cold out here. Freezing! My poor man’s freezing with me. God bless Channel 8!”
Yes, the one thing you can count on is there will be TV crews out in the snow, too.