Winter Storm Causes Travel Delays, School Closings In Connecticut
Plenty of school districts were closed or delayed Tuesday morning, and the roads were treacherous as Connecticut began the clean up after round two of a one-two wintry punch. The state saw a huge range of overnight snow totals, ranging from a foot of new snow in some towns to just a few inches in others. The storm is expected to move out, leaving afternoon sunshine.
The storm first arrived Sunday, dumping snow and ice throughout the state, and after a lull, snowfall resumed Monday night.
About 700 homes and business were without power at first light, more than 400 of those in Guilford, according to Eversource. All of UConn's campuses, except for the Health Center, announced that they would be closed until noon.
Connecticut State Police said they will be enforcing a law requiring drivers to clear all snow and ice off of their vehicles.
Bradley International Airport remained open, but there were numerous cancellations and delays. Travelers were encouraged to check with airlines for further information.
After a brief pause, snowfall resumed in parts of the state Monday, creating challenging travel conditions. One fatality was reported Monday morning on Route 30 in Vernon, after a crash involving a sedan and a box truck.
The state’s Department of Transportation has had its full fleet preparing and treating roads since Sunday morning. The department planned to continue plowing overnight and into Tuesday morning.
“People heeded warnings ahead of time or cut holiday trips short,” said Kevin Nursick, DOT’s director of communications, which he said has helped keep accidents to a minimum. “We’ll keep responding at full strength as long as necessary.”
Multiple school districts across the state canceled after-school and evening activities, including Fairfield, Windham, Litchfield and Tolland counties and Cromwell, New Haven, Hamden and Hartford public schools.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced Monday that its high school football quarterfinal games have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, in order to allow host schools enough time to prepare their facilities. The semifinals will take place Monday, Dec. 9, barring any further weather delays.
“Given the number of sites and games for the football postseason and the importance of maintaining equal and appropriate recovery for all teams, in consultation with the schools and tournament director we felt it best to reschedule the entire quarterfinal round of games,” Gregg Simon, CIAC associate executive director, said in a statement.
This post has been updated.