Text from Hartford Courant staff reports; video by Mike Magnoli, FOX CT
A winter storm that started late Saturday morning dropped between four and nine inches of snow in much of the state before tapering off early Sunday.
The southeast portion of the state got three to five inches of snow. FOX CT Meteorologist Dan Amarante said the weather will gradually clear on Sunday, with a little bit of sun. He said temperatures should be in the 30s.
The snow began falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour Saturday night, according to FOX CT Chief Meteorologist Joe Furey.
“The roads are all passable for sure, but you want to use some reduced speed and exercise caution as you’re traveling out there,” said Jeff Adams from the state’s Department of Transportation Sunday morning.
Adams said at its peak, the state had 820 trucks on the road, including contractors, and at 7 a.m. still had about 750 trucks out.
Adams said the roads in southeast Connecticut are in good shape, but there is still some frozen precipitation in other parts of the state.
The interstates are, in most cases, the best roads to travel, but caution should be used on the exit ramps, Adams said.
Bradley International Airport had more than 20 flights cancelled this morning – most of those cancellations are because planes didn’t fly into the airport, an airport spokesman said.
Both Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating were reporting very few outages Sunday morning.
State police responded to 91 accidents with seven injuries during the day Saturday, Lt. J. Paul Vance said. Traffic was light, Vance said, showing that people had heeded warnings to stay off the roads.
AAA had received 1,000 calls for emergency road service in Greater Hartford and eastern Connecticut since early Saturday – 34 of which came in on Sunday – organization spokesman Aaron Kupec reported at 4:30 a.m. Common calls included requests for towing service, jump starts, lockouts and “winch outs” — pulling out vehicles that slid off the road — Kupec said.
Call volume, he wrote in an email, has been high.
“Last Saturday, we had 774 calls for the entire day,” Kupec wrote. “However, we expect call volume to drop off … as the storm intensifies. If past storms are any indicator, we will also be in for a busy Sunday. Following a lull at the height of a storm, call volume usually spikes after the precipitation ends.”
State police deployed special emergency vehicles across the state in preparation for the storm and additional troopers are on call if needed. Police remind motorists that a heavy snow storm means highways may become extremely treacherous. Disabled vehicles may block roads, preventing plow trucks from clearing some areas. As the storm intensifies, police recommended that motorists stay off the roads.
Many communities announced parking bans for the duration of the storm, which continue through Sunday morning, including Hartford, New Britain, New Haven and Bridgeport. In Hartford, a parking ban will be in effect from noon on Saturday until noon Sunday. During that time, all on-street parking is prohibited.
“This is the first storm of the season,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. “It’s important that we as a city do everything we can to ensure clear roads for the emergency responders and public works crews working to keep us safe.”
The Winterfest skating rink, Santa’s House and the carousel in Bushnell Park were all closed Saturday, Segarra said.
In Hartford, any vehicles parked on the streets will be ticketed and towed, city officials said. Motorists whose cars are towed should call Hartford police at 860-757-4000. The fee for retrieving a towed car is $196.84, officials said.
Residents who do not have access to off-street parking may leave their vehicles in one of the city’s snow emergency lots. The lots are on Holcomb Street, Ridgefield Street, Naugatuck Street, Park Terrace, Franklin Avenue, Wawarme Avenue and at Elizabeth Park. All Hartford Public Schools parking lots may also be used.
For a full list of lots and addresses, visit www.hartford.gov/snow-parkingcq.
Courant Staff Writers Nicholas Rondinone, Jesse Leavenworth and Kelly Glista contributed to this story.