MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut residents woke up to a white Christmas Monday morning, but as the day wore on that white Christmas led to slippery and sloppy roads.
A mix of rain, snow, and ice made for a winter wonderland in Connecticut. The trade off was hazardous driving conditions early Monday morning.
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The Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab tracked the winter weather as it worsened in the Southbury area along Interstate 84. Drivers who hoped to get an early start on their commute were met with low visibility on the roads. Many decided to slow down.
“For a stretch of 10 to 15 miles it was all snow; but people were driving very carefully,” said Srikanth Jangam, who was travelling to New York Monday.
Although many stay home on Christmas, city officials worked to make sure the roads were safe for those who braved the conditions.
“We put some salt down as you can see on a lot of the streets, we pre-treated as well, down to sidewalks,” said Rick Fontana, Deputy Director of Emergency Operations for the City of New Haven. “For that twelve hour period where we expect some slick conditions, we’ll have crews taking care of the streets.”
North Haven resident John Lambert was up early clearing the snow from his driveway before heading to church. He wasn’t so impressed.
“I actually thought i had big job out here because it was enough to cover the driveway, but i’m out here thinking this was pretty simple.”
Still, it was enough for a special holiday treat.
“What was more fun is that we have three grandsons, seven, four, and one, and they got to look out the window and see the snow coming down.”
Lambert said the best gift this white Christmas, an easy clean up.