Roads Slippery For A.M. Commute, Many Schools Delay Opening
Roads are slippery this morning as a storm system passes through the state bringing a wintry mix of sleet and freezing drizzle.
Fox CT meteorologist Dan Amarante said the bulk of the precipitation moved in around midnight, with light snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain, giving way to mostly rain by sunrise. No heavy snow or rain is expected, Amarante said.
Freezing rain was falling about 6:30 a.m. and was expected to keep falling through the morning commute, meaning the drive to work would be a challenge. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing so icy roads are likely throughout the morning.
An overturned tractor trailer closed I-91 northbound in Cromwell, between exits 20 and 21, shortly before 7 a.m. About 7:45 a.m., state Department of Transportation crews had pushed the tractor to the side of the road and were working to sand some lanes to get traffic moving north again. It was still a slow go as of 11 a.m.
School in inland Connecticut delayed openings, but there have been few cancellations.
Bradley International Airport reported several weather-related delays and urged travelers to check with their airlines.
Connecticut AAA said that since midnight it has responded to 163 calls for emergency road service since midnight. The calls included vehicles off the road, towing and lockouts.
“This is certainly not a ‘bread and milk’ storm,” Amarante said. “The only big impact could be the icy roads on Monday morning. If you’re headed out from midnight to 9 a.m., it could by icy or slippery.”
The wet roads appear to be a contributing factor to a series of accidents on I-95 southbound in Greenwich early this morning, Police said a total of 27 cars were involved in 11 separate accidents, closing a portion of the highway between Exit 5 and Exit 4 around midnight. Fire officials said a total of six people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
Cool weather will continue Tuesday and Wednesday with highs staying in the mid 30s for much of the state.