April Snow Led to Crashes, School Delays

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    It feels more like winter than mid-April today, and it looked like it on the roads as well.

    Snow fell overnight and roads were icy this morning, which led to several traffic problems, as well as several school delays.

    Mike Potiez, of East Windsor, worked the overnight shift and walked out to snow in Vernon this morning.

    “I look out the window and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh. It’s April and it’s hailing out and the next think you know, you see snowflakes and you’re like. ‘This is incredible,’” he said.

    It was incredibly frustrating for some drivers who were stuck in traffic behind several crashes , including a tractor-trailer that jackknifed on Interstate 84 in Tolland.

    One person was transported to the hospital, according to John C. Littell, director of public safety, emergency management director and fire chief of Tolland.

    Department of Transportation crews treated the hills and elevated part of the highway.

    There was also a crash on Interstate 91 Southbound in Windsor between exits 36 and 37, which caused a back up for miles.

    Route 44 in Pomfret was closed in both directions in the area of Stickney Road due to a crash.

    I-95 Northbound in Guilford was also shut down between exits 57 and 58 because of a jackknifed tractor-trailer. The road reopened after about two hours.

    Some people just said they were surprised to see the weather turn so cold after days in the 60s and 70s.

    “I actually left my car out last night because I didn’t expect snow,” Kathy Ouellette, of Tolland, said.

    Michael Deotte, of East Windsor, said he had already turned the heat off for the season.

    It is Spring Break for students in several Connecticut communities, but a baseball field in Tolland was white with snow rather than green.