<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:52:51 -0500 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:52:51 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:45:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/first+alert_weather+1200.jpg



Today: Partly sunny and continued chilly. Highs near 25. North breeze

Tonight: Clear and cold. Low near 0. 

Saturday: Mostly sunny,  high temperature in the middle 20s.

Sunday: Clouds increasing throughout the day. Snow at night. High temperature 25-30.

Monday: Snow in the morning, clearing in the afternoon. High temperature in the 30s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. A break in the precip. High near 35.

Wednesday: Unsettled with mixed precipitation. High near 40.

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<![CDATA[Freezing Day, Snow Sunday]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:30:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/weekend+snow+1200.jpg

Skies will be fair on Friday and Saturday, but snow will begin late Sunday afternoon or evening and continue into Monday, bringing the possibility of several inches of snow.

This will likely have an impact for schools and the morning commute on Monday, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon.

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With just one day left in the month, February is on track to be the coldest month on record.

Temperatures will run 15 to 20 degrees below normal on Friday and Saturday, with daytime highs around 25 and morning lows near or below 0.

<![CDATA[February on Track to Become Coldest Month on Record]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:59:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cold-weather-stock-AP373144186169.jpg

February is on track to become the coldest month on record in Connecticut.

As of midnight Wednesday into Thursday, the average temperature in the Hartford area this month has been 15.7 degrees, according to First Alert Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan. That’s an entire degree below the current record of 16.5 degrees, which was set in February 1934.

This month is also expected to break the record in Bridgeport, which stands at 21.9 degrees and was set in 2004. The average temperature in the Bridgeport area so far this month is 19.7 degrees.

Other cold months of note include the following:

16.8 degrees in Hartford, January 1970
16.9 degrees in Hartford, January 1961
17.4 degrees in Hartford, January 1918

21.9 degrees in Bridgeport, January 2004
22.1 degrees in Bridgeport, January 1981
23.1 degrees in Bridgeport, January 1982
23.3 degrees in Bridgeport, December 1989

Records date back to 1948 in Bridgeport and 1905 in the Hartford area.

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<![CDATA[Light Snow Causes Slick Roads]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:51:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/West+Hartford+spinout+1200.jpg

Roads are slick as light snow falls across Connecticut. and there have been several spin-outs

A coating to 2 inches of accumulation is likely as a low- pressure system that created problems in the southern United States grazes us, but snow will taper off pretty quickly.

There have been crashes on Interstate 91 North in Cromwell between exits 20 and 21, and crashed on  Interstate 84 East and West in West Hartford.

There is also a 3-and-a-half mile backup on Interstate 95 in Greenwich, between exits 9 and 4.

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The heaviest snow will go out to sea, just missing us, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon, but the light snow create some slick spots on the roads.

In addition to the light snow, the cold continues. The temperature for this time of year should be around 40 degrees, but we’ll only see highs today of around 20 degrees inland and 23 at the shore.

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The NBC Connecticut weather team is also keeping an eye on some storminess for Sunday evening and Sunday night into Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Snow-Covered Storm Drains Cause Flooding Concerns]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:17:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/6PDRAINSSTILL022515.jpg

Last week when rain was in the weather forecast, a state senator who is also first selectman of Sprague wrought her hands in worry over flooding concerns.

The rain didn't materialize but the worry has, as snowbanks block catch basins and storm drains in southeastern Connecticut.

"They're 6-foot-tall snow banks that are completely frozen, rock-hard solid, that we're having to move inch by inch," said State Sen. Cathy Osten.

It's taken heavy equipment to get ice off the catch basins, and some are still clogged. That means melting snow may find somewhere else to go.

"It would be stuck on the top of the road beds, it would be in people's yards, it could flood into people's basements," she said. "It will be a very difficult situation for all of us to deal with."

She hopes people will treat catch basins the way they treat fire hydrants and clear them after it snows again.

"If we melt too fast, we will have flooding in all the towns that are impacted by this very unusual winter storm season," Osten said.

<![CDATA[Cold Breaks 100-Year Record]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:20:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Feb+24+wind+chill.jpg

The coldest air of the season has descended upon Connecticut, breaking records that have stood as long as 100 years on Tuesday and that led to several school delays, as well as some cancellations at Bradley Airport this morning.

The windchill is making it feel as cold as -22 degrees in Willimantic, while the thermometer read as low as -6 degrees at Bradley in the Hartford area and 1 degree in Bridgeport.

Before Tuesday, the coldest temperature on record in the Hartford area for Feb. 24 was -4 degrees from 1907 and the coldest record in Bridgeport was 12 degrees in 1968.

During the day on Tuesday, the sun will come out and temperatures will climb into the teens inland and will reach about 20 along the shoreline. The Rhode Island border of the state could see a dusting of snow, coating the ground with up to an inch.

Wednesday will be breezy, with highs around 31. It will get colder on Thursday with temperatures in the 20s.

We could see more temperatures around 0 degrees from Thursday night into Friday.

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<![CDATA[Icy Roads Cause Problems for Monday Commute]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Interstate+95+Fairfield+.jpg

After a sunny close to the weekend, where temperatures rose into the 40s, wind chills have brought brutal cold on Monday and caused icy roads. 

A rollover crash on Tolland Turnpike in Willington between Route 32 and Glass Factory Road was one of many crashes this morning. Injuries are reported after a car crashed into a snowbank at Randall Drive and Route 75 in Enfield.

Temperatures will be in the teens inland and high teens to 20s on the shoreline by mid-afternoon on Monday, and black ice due to melting and refreezing has created slippery roads.

With several instances of subzero temperatures reported over the past few weeks, February is on track to become the coldest month on record and wind chills will make it feel sub-zero or in the low single digits in some areas in the evening.

It will be sunny on Tuesday, at about 18 degrees, and Wednesday will likely be partly sunny and in the 20s, but temperatures are expected to drop sub-zero on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Snow Totals for Feb. 21-22]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:06:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Burglington+Snow+ruler+edited.jpg

Many people have contacted the NBC Connecticut First Alert Weather Team to find out how much snow has fallen by town, so we have pulled together a list on where you can find the information.

If you live in the Hartford area, the National Weather Service posts season-to-date snow totals and precipitation here.

Bridgeport area residents can check here.

There are also unofficial observations from recent storms:

Photo Credit: Charlie Wadington ]]>
<![CDATA[Crippling Cold Racks Up Costs at Homeless Shelters]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WEBPICWATERBURY21215.jpg

February is on track to become the coldest month on record, and bitter temperatures have placed a financial strain on homeless shelters staying open around the clock.

“We’ve got to continue to provide three meals a day, as we do, and we find a way to do that, even though it’s killing our budget,” explained Paul Iadarola, executive director of St. Vincent DePaul Mission in Waterbury.

Iadarola explained that the shelter is required to keep its doors open 24 hours per day under the state’s severe weather protocol, which Gov. Dannel Malloy has extended through March 1.

Already, the Waterbury shelter is $12,000 over its food budget, and will likely surpass the $20,000 mark if the cold snap continues into March, officials said. Now Iadarola is turning to the community for support.

“I’m the biggest beggar in the city of Waterbury. I go around begging for money,” Iadarola said jokingly. “We send out letters asking people for help.”

The influx of people seeking relief from the cold is also taking a toll on shelter staffing.

“It’s harder because there’s more people, more people want food, more people coming to the door,” said night supervisor Robert Thaier.

Shelter officials said recent snowstorms have resulted in extended hours, with many employees averaging about $4,000 per week in overtime.

Residents can donate to St. Vincent DePaul Mission online.

<![CDATA[Keeping Pets Safe in the Winter]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:33:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Keeping_Pets_Safe_in_the_Cold_1200x675_402199107813.jpg

Experts are warning pet owners of the dangers a harsh winter can pose to their four-legged friends.

“They can get frostbite on their paws, that can be a very big problem for our pets being outside,” said Dr. Kris Park of the East Side Veterinary Clinic. “Just overall, the extreme temperatures are very dangerous for them.”

An easy place to start, said Alicia Wright with the Connecticut Humane Society, is by examining your surroundings.

“You also want to think about the roadways and your driveway,” said Wright. “There is a lot of salt out there. It's dangerous, so if you do take your pet for a walk down the street, you want to wash off their paws.”

Another simple solution is to safeguard winter supplies. Park said pet owners may not often think about anti-freeze poisoning, which poses a real threat.

“If they lick it, that can be extremely lethal,” said Park.

When it comes to time spent outside, experts emphasize the importance of knowing your breed. Animals of various sizes have different winter needs, and sometimes their fur isn't quite enough to keep them warm on walks.

“We recommend perhaps getting them to wear a coat; some people use booties for the pet’s paws,” said Wright.

Last but not least, both Wright and Park remind owners to treat pets like you would want to be treated yourself. If you're cold, chances are, so is your pet.

<![CDATA[Cold Causes Car Trouble for Connecticut Drivers]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:39:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/car-in-snow-020215-1.jpg

The recent frigid temperatures across Connecticut have created car issues for thousands of drivers.

“We’ve seen a huge spike in call volume," said AAA spokesman Aaron Kupec. "Since the beginning of winter, we have received more than 62,000 calls for emergency service in Greater Hartford and eastern Connecticut.”

According to AAA, more than 18,000 calls have been for battery problems, 6,000 for flat tire repairs and 5,800 lockouts.

The cold snap is keeping auto body shops busy as well.

"With these cold temperatures, it’s not only cars, it’s trucks, it’s buses," said Anthony Aniello, owner of the International Auto Service Center in West Hartford. "It’s the whole entire industry. It’s equipment."

Aniello added that his tow truck business has been going nonstop nearly every day.

He said the cold weather fluctuation in Connecticut contributes to battery and engine issues. According to Aniello, a simple winter inspection or tune up won't take more than an hour at most mechanics.

“Make sure that your coolant is at the proper ratio so that your engine won’t freeze or the component parts, brakes and your defrost," he said. "A quick little half hour, hour inspection will alleviate down time, stress and being stranded in that beautiful cold weather during rush hour.”

Kupec recommends drivers check their batteries for any warning signs that could lead to a non-start or a dead battery altogether.

“Some battery warning signs include a grinding or a clicking. If your lights get dim and then get brighter when you rev the engine, and also obvious signs of damage on the battery like cracking or bulging, you want to get that checked out,” he advised.

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<![CDATA[Roads Icy as Temperatures Plummet]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:12:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/22215+snowy+roads+edited.jpg

After a sunny close to the weekend, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, wind chills have brought brutal cold on Monday and caused icy roads as temperatures continue to plummet. 

Temperatures will be in the teens inland and high teens to 20s on the shoreline by mid-afternoon on Monday, and black ice due to melting and refreezing has created slippery roads.

With several instances of subzero temperatures reported over the past few weeks, February is on track to become the coldest month on record and wind chills will make it feel sub-zero or in the low single digits in some areas in the evening.

It will be sunny on Tuesday, at about 18 degrees, and Wednesday will likely be partly sunny and in the 20s, but temperatures are expected to drop sub-zero on Tuesday night.

Between Saturday afternoon and 10 a.m. on Sunday, as many as 8 inches of new snow fell over the weekend.

The snow and ice put added weight on roofs over the weekend and one garage roof collapsed in North Branford in the storm on Sunday.

Informal snow totals Sunday ranged from 2.5 to 8 inches in Hartford County, 3.4 to 8 inches in Tolland County, 1 to 5.3 inches in Windham County, 3.1 to 6.5 inches in Fairfield County, 1.8 to 4.5 inches in Middlesex County, 3.5 to 5.4 inches in New Haven County and 1.3 to 3.5 inches in New London County, according to the National Weather Service.

Stay up to date with the latest forecast by downloading our weather app and send your weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA[Arctic Front Brings Freezing Cold]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Feb+19+wind+chill+FEELSLIKE.jpg

Scattered snow showers moved through Connecticut this morning and an arctic cold front will come by mid-day, bringing the possibility of snow squalls, This front is also ushering in three more days of subzero temperatures.

The cold front will bring subzero wind chills to the state this afternoon.

Temperatures will drop into the teens today and continue falling overnight. Expect to see numbers as low as -5 degrees on the thermometer from Thursday night into Friday morning. Wind chills will be well below zero.

The coldest air will arrive on Saturday morning, with lows between -10 and 5 degrees. Fortunately, wind chill will not be a factor Saturday.

Saturday will become cloudy and snow will return to the state, before changing over to sleet and freezing rain on Sunday. The wind will also pick up again Sunday, resulting in a breezy and very cold start to the week.

Send your winter weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

<![CDATA[Overall Snow Totals]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:51:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snow+piles.jpg

Many people have contacted the NBC Connecticut First Alert Weather Team to find out how much snow has fallen by town, so we have pulled together a list on where you can find the information.

If you live in the Hartford area, the National Weather Service posts season-to-date snow totals and precipitation here.

Bridgeport area residents can check here.

There are also unofficial observations from recent storms:

Photo Credit: Kathleen O'Connell, of East Hampton]]>
<![CDATA[Cold Causing Record Number of Water Main Breaks]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:10:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MDCwatermainsPic00000000.jpg

The extreme and prolonged cold snap this month has led to a record number of water main breaks around the state.

The Metropolitan District Commision serves almost half a million people in 12 cities and towns, including East Hartford, Hartford, Windsor and Newington, and has been extraordinarily busy over the past few days.

MDC CEO Scott Jellison said January is usually the busiest month for repairs and then there's a significant drop off – but not this year. MDC, he said, has serviced 50 water main breaks already this month which is more than they usually repair in all of February.

The good news, according to Jellison, is that MDC has budgeted for all possibilities so, despite a winter that has crews working around the clock, customers will not see an increase in their bills.

<![CDATA[Milford Snow Budget Depleted]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:14:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MILFORDSNOWBUDGET02172015.jpg

Milford Mayor Ben Blake said the city's snow budget is tapped out, and officials will soon dip into the reserve fund to cover the cost of future snow removal.

He cited timing as a major issue, explaining that many of the storms have fallen on weekends and holidays and have lasted hours, if not days.

“The storms have been ongoing. We use a lot of manpower, a lot of product, just to keep going. It hasn't been a normal year, where you get 3 or 4 inches during the day and you can clean up," said Milford's highway foreman Richard Tomasco. "It's a three-day, four-day process, so it's really hurt our budget on overtime.”

The cost of materials has also put a major dent in the budget.

“The fact that we've had to use so much ice melt, so much salt, and ice control, that adds to the budget, too, because you have to put down more when the temperatures are so cold," said Blake. "The sunlight doesn't melt the snow on its own."

The snow also doesn't clear itself from city streets, so no matter how many more storms we see, crews with the Milford Department of Public Works will have to be out cleaning it up.

“They budgeted so much money, and it's always the flip of the coin. You don't know if you get a lot of snow, or if you don't get any, then they're OK,” said Milford resident Glenn Ewaskie.

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<![CDATA[Workers Brave Brutal Cold]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:12:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/COLDWORKERS02162015.jpg

Workers in Connecticut are undeterred by brutal cold, braving the elements to get the job done no matter the weather.

Even with the temperatures well below freezing, the food carts were out by Yale-New Haven Hospital serving up lunch like they do every day.

“We're working a little bit harder outside here,” said Siad Lifhil with Ali Baba’s Fusion.

Some food servers were lucky enough to be enclosed inside their food trucks. Others had to come up with their own methods of keeping warm, like putting tarps over their carts.

The servers were just some of the workers who have to be outside no matter what the thermometer says. On cold days, Middletown-based company Mack Fire Protection receives a higher volume of calls about freezing vehicles.

“You just pretty much try to stay as warm as possible and struggle through the day,” explained Mack Fire Protection employee Chris Cibula.

Construction workers at the corner of Crown and College Streets in New Haven are struggling through the icy temperatures as well, because the masonry work hasn't stopped.

“Today is probably as bad as it gets. It's brutal. Brutally cold, and you're crazy for being out here working," said Randy Cianci with Ronnie DeMeo Construction. "I've been out here for 21 years and I never remember it being this cold for so long in the winter.”

Cianci said he wears layers and takes breaks if he gets too cold.

“The advice is layer up, even some of the uniform requirements are forgiven as officers will try to make sure they are warm to be able to protect and serve,” said New Haven police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman.

<![CDATA[More Snow Led to School Delays Problems on Roads]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:58:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+snow_walking.jpg

Snow is over in Western Connecticut but it continues to fall in Eastern Connecticut, adding more snow to the already-large snow piles across the state. That led to school delays on Tuesday morning as well as problems on the roads across the state.

Early Tuesday morning, there was a double tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 95 in Westport, but the most tragic crash was a fatal accident on Route 66 in Hebron that claimed one life.

Late Tuesday morning, there were several problems on Interstate 395 in Griswold, Norwich and Plainfield.

In all, the storm brought between a coating and an inch to northern Connecticut and one to three inches of snow to the southern half of the state.

Temperatures are in the single digits Tuesday morning and highs could reach 20 to 25 degrees.

Light to moderate snow will continue through the morning and diminish around midday Tuesday. Temperatures will rise into the teens and low 20s in some parts of the state.

Flurries and chilly air are also in the forecast for Wednesday as another arctic front hits the state. Thursday through Saturday bringing cold and windy weather, with highs in the teens and overnight lows below zero.

A weak storm system will bring some possible snow and sleet Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

The snow today comes after weekend snowfall brought 3 to 6 inches to much of Connecticut, while the "quiet corner" in the eastern part of the state received at least 8 inches of fresh snow. Staffordville and Putnam saw up to 9 inches.

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<![CDATA[Residents, Power Company Workers Gear Up for Cold and Snow]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/winter+storm+prep+feb+13.jpg

People and power companies are gearing up for another winter storm.

Many residents spent Friday night stocking up on groceries ahead of a storm set to bring several fresh inches of snow to the state this weekend.

“I’m done with winter. Definitely done with the winter. It’s cold. It’s too cold,” said Plainville resident Donna Demaio.

The cold could become dangerous for residents who lose power at power. Scattered outages are not out of the question, with the potential for wind gusts of over 50 mph Sunday morning.

Eversource Energy, formerly known as Connecticut Light & Power said crews are ready to tackle power problems. Wind could take down trees and prevent crews from working.

“If problems do occur and the winds get up to 35, 40 mph or above, that could delay repair. It’s unsafe when the winds get up that high to get up in the buckets to make repairs to the overhead lines,” said Eversource Energy spokesman Mitch Gross.

For most people, the biggest concerns were more snow and bitter cold.

“Very tired, too much snow, tired of shoveling,” said Thea Ricci, of Southington.

All that work is creating more business for stores, including 44 Hardware Store in Avon. The staff said customers will likely be searching for whatever it takes to melt, breakup and clear ice or snow this weekend.

“I’m sure everybody will go crazy again with the new storm,” said 44 Hardware owner Kevin Cochran.

Several other hardware stores are completely out of pellets for stoves and said they're waiting for emergency shipments.

It's just another sign of how cold it’s already been this winter.

<![CDATA[Connecticut Subcontractors Help Boston Dig Out]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/Snow+Plow+Snow+Generic+Plow.jpg

A team of three dozen subcontractors working for a Windsor-based company headed to Boston on Thursday to help the city dig out from under record snow totals.

According the Butler Company, located on Marshall Phelps Road in Windsor, the crews brought up several Bobcats and loaders and expect to stay the weekend.

Workers will return to Connecticut on Monday to help with cleanup efforts at home after this weekend's storm and will then return to Boston mid-week.

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<![CDATA[Massive Snow Fort Attracts Admirers in Canton]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:36:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/canton+giant+snow+fort.JPG

A giant snow fort is attracting admirers to a home in Canton.

The colossal structure now spans several properties on Gildersleeve Avenue, and if there were a king of the snow forts, Brian Demski might be the winner.

“Once you’re out here, you get used to the cold and I get building with the blocks, it just brings me back to being a little kid, and I think we’ve all forgotten how to be a little kid. We’re tied up with social media, work and bills,” said Demski.

He explained that the grand fort started with humble beginnings as a practical way to keep snow on the property from falling back into the street.

But now his motivation is the admiration from adults to kids who stop by to get a look.

“If you could have had a picture of that kid’s eyes and the smile on his face, that was worth doing it right there,” said Demski.

Demski said the fort has taken four days, about 35 hours, and countless blocks of snow to build.
He might be one of the few Connecticut residents in favor of more winter weather.

“As long as people showing up and giving me thumbs up, liking it on the computer, I’m just going to keep building it down the street,” said Demski.

He said the wind has not been good for building, as it dries out the snow and makes it hard to pack and stack blocks.

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Declares Snow Emergency Ahead of Storm]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:03:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/184*120/snow+plow+generic.PNG

The city of Bridgeport has declared a snow emergency starting at midnight Friday into Saturday ahead of a weekend storm that could bring several more inches of snow to the state.

Bridgeport's fleet of 30-35 snow plows and other equipment will be on hand to begin clearing roads as soon as the snow beings to fall. Private contractors have also been placed on standby, according to the mayor's office.

Parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes throughout the snow emergency, and cars are required to park on even-numbered sides of other city streets.

Residents in need of a place to park can take advantage of the following locations:

  • All school parking lots during off hours through Monday night
  • Parking lots across the street from the Ballpark at Harbor Yard
  • The North End Library at 3455 Madison Avenue
  • The Veteran's Memorial Park entrance off Madison Avenue
  • The municipal parking lot at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Jetland Street
  • The Bridgeport Health Department at 752 East Main Street
  • The parking lot adjacent to the former Waltersville School at 95 Gilmore Street

The city has been in contact with United Illuminating to prepare for the possibility of downed wires and power outages due to anticipated winds of up to 50 mph, according to a spokesperson for the mayor's office.

Those in need of emergency shelter are urged to call 211. More information is available online or by calling the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center hotline at 203-579-3829 or 203-576-1311.

<![CDATA[Snow Creates Obstacles for Mail Carriers]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:32:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+britain+letter+carrier.jpg

Sebby DiDomenico has been delivering the U.S. mail for more than 16 years and said when snow piles up like it has in New Britain, the obstacles to letter carriers pile up too.

DiDomenico said the public can help.

"If they could pretty much just shovel their walkways, right to where the mailbox is, then there's routes that have mounted routes, if they could just shovel it out, get some space for us, then it's easier for us," he said.

He wants to be clear: often, he'll just plod through everything anyway, because he has a commitment.

"We gotta make sure they get their mail, and that's the bottom line," he said. "On behalf of me and my co-workers – these guys are the best group of people I work with – we just ask kindly everybody, just shovel. We're going to get your mail. As long as we've got a path to go to, we're going to be there."

<![CDATA[Snowy Bus Stops Cause Safety Concerns]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:37:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snowy+bus+stop+new+britain.JPG

Snowy bus stops are creating a major safety concern for passengers now being forced to wait for their ride in the road.

New Britain’s Ashley Domack is one of many who relies on mass transit but says, with the recent weather, it can be tough.

“There is nowhere to stand. Usually anyone who goes on the bus will just literally stand as close to the snow banks as they can,” Domack said.

Her struggle can be seen almost daily up and down New Britain Avenue, and according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation it is something some of their 8,000 or so stops deal with every winter.

“You can’t like stand away from it because then the bus won’t know to come pick you up,” said Domack.

The DOT says bus drivers do that have a little leeway when it comes to pick up and drop off, but that moving a stop completely is not an option. It looks the only way to actually fix the issues, is to clear space for the passengers to stand, but there seems to be some confusion as to whose job that is.

According to the DOT the responsibility usually falls on the city, town or property owner.

Riders we spoke with say they don’t care whose job it is, they just want it done before someone gets hurt.

<![CDATA[New Haven Enacts Parking Bans for Snow Removal]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:09:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+snow+cleanup.JPG

The city of new Haven will enact emergency parking restrictions on several streets as it works to remove snow banks from the curbs.

Snow removal will begin in the following areas at 7 a.m. Thursday:

  • West Ivy Street between Sherman Parkway and Dixwell Avenue
  • West Hazel Street between Dixwell Avenue and Sherman Parkway
  • Ford Street between Sherman Parkway and Dixwell Avenue
  • Harding Place between Dixwell Avenue and Sherman Parkway
  • West Division Street between Sherman Parkway and Dixwell Avenue

The following streets will undergo snow removal between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday:

  • Cassius Street from Howard Street to Cedar Street
  • Carlisle Street from Howard Street to Loop Road
  • Liberty Street from Columbus Avenue to Union Avenue
  • Portsea Street from Loop Road to Dewitt Street
  • Adeline Street from West Street to Barclay Street
  • Truman Street from West Street Barclay Street
  • Thorn Street from West Street to Eddy Street (right side only)
  • Eddy Street from Thorn Street to Hedge Street (right side only)

Parking is prohibited on the above roads while snow removal is underway.

<![CDATA[Unusual Cloud Formation in Connecticut]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:27:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pawcatuck+cloud.jpg Photos of an odd cloud formation that formed out over Long Island Sound on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

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<![CDATA[State Works to Remove Snow From Highways]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:31:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/21015snowmediansj00000000.jpg

One of the biggest issues facing drivers in the aftermath of major snowstorms is the number of snowbanks that line many of the state's highways.

In many places, especially on older, restricted access roadways, they encroach on to lanes of travel.

Over the past 24 hours, Connecticut Department of Transportation crews have been out on the roads working to dispose of the snow.

“You can keep plowing for subsequent storms and that snow is going to keep encroaching into the roadway," said Kevin Nursick with the Department of Transportation. "That’s a problem. So that’s why we start working really diligently after the storm to get those shoulder sections and elevated areas and those bridges cleared up.”

The state has deployed all 12 of its industrial-sized snow blowers, which drastically cut down on the time it takes to clear a highway.

“Each can move about 1,500 tons of snow each per hour, so instead of using those front loaders to go there and scoop it up into the trucks, we can now use the snow blowers and send the snow right off the highway into the woods," Nursick said.

He added that when the snow piles up along highways or on overpasses, it will be trucked and dumped to sites along exit and entrance ramps where there are no line of sight issues.

Being able to see on both sides around snow banks is an issue that won't go away any time soon, according to Nursick, and drivers have to take precautions.

“We are not going to have ideal sightlines at these intersections for some amount of time until Mother Nature starts melting some of this stuff,” he said.

<![CDATA[School Districts Plan to Make Up Snow Days]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:13:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SOWDAYSPIC02102015.jpg

With a string of winter storms hitting Connecticut, districts are adding days to the end of the school year, hoping they won't have to cut into spring break.

Manchester has already used six snow days. Now, rather than getting out on June 12, students will be in school through June 22, according to Supt. Matthew Geary.

"There are now three days to cover school cancellations for weather or other reasons – after that, any additional days will be taken from the April vacation, beginning with Friday," said Geary.

Vernon has used five snow days so far and will end the school year on June 17 rather than June 10, according to superintendent Dr. Mary Conway.

They have six days to go before cutting into spring break, she said.

"I'm hoping, with an 11-day window this year, that we won't have to go into April break but we have done it before and we've had to call teachers back from their own vacations in warmer climates," said Conway.

A tough winter piling up is forcing students, teachers, staff and parents to worry about spring and summer.

"It gets very hot and uncomfortable for our students. We have very few areas that are air conditioned, not that we're thinking about that right now, but I think that everyone will be ready at that point to go, but I hear we're getting more snow on Thursday," said Conway

<![CDATA[Manchester Residents Must Clear Sidewalks or Pay Up]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SIDEWALKSPIC02102015.jpg

The town of Manchester is cracking down on property owners who fail to clear snow from their sidewalks.

Thanks to a newly revised ordinance, the town is able to fine property owners who don't clear sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm, said Town Manager Scott Shanley.

The ordinance also allows the town to bring crews in to clear the snow and place liens on properties to recover costs, Shanley said.

"The idea is to get the children off the road. People need to be able to not be in the road in this kind of condition. We've got visibility problems anyway because of the high snow banks and we need to do everything we can," said Shanley.

So far this winter, the town has already cleared snow from sidewalks on 25 vacant properties and is now placing about $20,000 in liens on them, Shanley said.

They're issuing $75 tickets to owners of occupied properties, he said, and they'll soon clear those sidewalks and file liens against the properties if the snow lingers.

"The vast majority of people get out there after every snow event and take care of it. But we do have a relative handful of holdouts who simply won't and those are the folks we are now enforcing," said Shanley.

Around town, residents say it's a good idea.

"I think people need to start getting it done a lot sooner. It's terrible, especially people trying to walk. You have to walk in the road," said Manchester resident Jason Parsons.

The town is also encouraging residents to clear the snow from fire hydrants. Failing to do that can also land property owners a $75 fine.

<![CDATA[Hartford Digs Out After Another Storm]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:17:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+snow+resized.jpg

People in Hartford are digging out after yet another winter storm.

City crews worked to clear sidewalks and plow school parking lots Monday night so classes can resume Tuesday.

Drivers who normally park on the streets have had to find a new place during parking bans.

“I’m ready for spring. I’m really ready for spring,” said Aaron Smith, of Hartford.

The end of the ban on Monday meant winter weary drivers could retrieve their cars, hoping to make the trek for the last time this season, but staying optimistic nonetheless.

“It’s awful. It could’ve been worse. We have to enjoy,” said Hartford resident Wayne McMahon.

Plow truck drivers were going non-stop Monday.

“It’s been crazy. Been a lot of snow, a lot of plowing. This is the second time I cleaned this lot today,” said United Contractors driver Harold Rodriguez.

While it’s good money, the series of winter storms means long days living in the truck and lots of coffee.

“It’s been a rough winter so far,” said Rodriguez. weather.

The city of Hartford said most residents complied with the parking ban. Those who were towed and ticketed face a bill of nearly $200.

<![CDATA[Cold Snap Continues, More Snow On the Way]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:01:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/21515+plows+edited.jpg

The snow may have subsided, but the cold snap continues and more snow might be on the way.

Blizzard warnings have expired, but Litchfield County is under a wind chill warning until noon. The rest of the state is under a wind chill warning until 10 a.m. on Monday, except for southern coastline towns, where a wind chill watches will expire at 9 a.m. Monday.

Monday will be very cold with high temperatures nearing 15. Gusty winds will make it feel below zero for most of the day.

Another winter storm is possible, with snow developing Monday night, according to NBC Connecticut First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon. Light to moderate snow is expected in the morning Tuesday, diminishing early in the afternoon. The state could see another few inches of snow.

There could be flurries on Wednesday and the chilly air will remain. The cold weather will continue Thursday and Friday with highs in the teens.

The Valentine's Day weekend storm peaked at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday in terms of wind and back-end snow, but winds whipping at 40 to 50 miles an hour into the evening reduced visibility on the roads and made temperatures feel like -25 degrees. Even though wind speeds dropped to about 20 to 30 miles per hour Monday morning, the drop in temperatures is still is making it feel as cold as -30 degrees.

Most of Connecticut saw 3 to 6 inches of snow over the weekend and the most of the "quiet corner" in eastern Connecticut got at least 8 inches, according to First Alert Meteorologist Darren Sweeney. Staffordville and Putnam saw 9 inches.

A winter storm warning was in effect Sunday for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties.

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<![CDATA[Waterbury to Dump Snow at Municipal Stadium Lot]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:25:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/21015snowbank+edited.jpg

After receiving 9.5 inches of snow by Monday evening on top of nearly a foot that came down last week, the city of Waterbury is shaving down snow piles for safety's sake and has opted to dump the snow outside the Municipal Stadium.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary met with public works crews as the snow came down Mondays to brainstorm ways to deal with snow that has made congested downtown streets even tighter.

Starting Tuesday night, crews will work to remove snow from the downtown area and will cart it in dump trucks to the Municipal Stadium parking lot on Watertown Avenue. If the lot fills up, city leaders will turn to other viable locations, such as parks, O'Leary said.

O'Leary said he hopes public works crews, who have been extraordinarily busy over the past couple weeks, will get some rest before the process begins tomorrow night.

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<![CDATA[Plow Drivers Face Tough Conditions in Latest Storms]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:56:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Plow00000000.jpg

Snow storms have become daily occurrences across Connecticut over the past few weeks.

Plow truck drivers working for cities, towns and for the state have been going nearly around the clock to keep roads in good condition. But even with the extra pay, drivers say the snow gets old.

“Over and over again," Virgil Griffin said, as he sat in his plow truck near downtown Hartford. "It’s a process.”

Drivers do get breaks along the way. Many of them reported for work early in the morning and weren't expected to finish until early evening. Griffin said the breaks are really about making sure the drivers can get some rest before the next long haul.

"We get some space here so that we get some rest and so we can get back out. Safety is the first thing because I want to get home to my wife and kids," Griffin said.

Salt delivery truck drivers, who also face increased demand this time of year, see similar patterns.

Ed Scarpa said he's busy all day delivering salt in a huge dump truck the size of an 18-wheeler.

“The salt has to get through just like the mail," Scarpa said. "I'm Salta Claus!"

<![CDATA[New Haven Students to Make Up Snow Day]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:49:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NHSNOWDAY02092015.jpg

School officials in New Haven will add an extra day to the academic calendar after more snow kept students home again for the third time Monday.

The city built two snow days into its school calendar, and since Monday was the third snow day of the year, a day of school will be added on June 18.

Schools officials outlined the possibility of extra days in a letter to parents in November, which explained that the first seven additional snow days will be added to the end of the school year. Additional days will be taken from April vacation if need be.

“There's nothing you can do about it. The snow is snow, you can't stop it. We have nothing to do about it,” said Cedric Herbert, a New Haven grandfather.

<![CDATA[Snow Totals for Feb. 9]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:44:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/February+9+snowmap.jpg

The storm is dwindling after coating much of Connecticut with several inches of fresh snowfall.

Here is a look at the new snow totals since Saturday.

  • Andover: 7 inches
  • Ashford: 7.5 inches
  • Avon: 7.5 inches
  • Beacon Falls: 2.8 inches
  • Bridgeport: 1.3 inches
  • Brookfield: 2.2 inches
  • Brooklyn: 9 inches
  • Burlington: 10 inches
  • Cheshire: 7 inches
  • Colchester: 5.5 inches
  • Colebrook: 6.3 inches
  • Collinsville: 8 inches
  • Columbia: 5.5 inches
  • Coventry: 8.5 inches
  • Danbury: 2.5 inches
  • Darien: 1.5 inches
  • East Hartford: 5.5 inches
  • East Hartland: 9 inches
  • East Killingly: 8.5 inches
  • Eastford: 7 inches
  • Enfield: 6.8 inches
  • Farmington: 7.3 inches
  • Groton: 1 inches
  • Haddam: 3 inches
  • Hartford: 7 inches
  • Litchfield: 6.5 inches
  • Manchester: 6.7 inches
  • Marlborough: 6 inches
  • Meriden: 7 inches
  • Middletown: 7 inches
  • Milford: 1.9 inches
  • Moosup: 9 inches
  • New Canaan: 2.3 inches
  • New Hartford: 6.1 inches
  • New Haven: 3.5 inches
  • New Fairfield: 7 inches
  • New Milford: 8 inches
  • Newington: 6 inches
  • Norfolk: 5.9 inches
  • North Canaan: 5.8 inches
  • North Granby: 6.3 inches
  • North Grosvenordale: 3.5 inches
  • North Guilford: 4 inches
  • Norwich: 3 inches
  • Old Saybrook: 1 inch
  • Pomfret: 4.2 inches
  • Prospect: 4.3 inches
  • Somers: 6.1 inches
  • Somers: 8.6 inches
  • Southbury: 2.8 inches
  • Southington: 7.1 inches
  • Stafford Springs: 7.5 inches
  • Staffordville: 9 inches
  • Suffield: 9.1 inches
  • Thomaston: 8 inches
  • Tolland: 10 inches
  • Vernon: 4.3 inches
  • Wallingford: 5.5 inches
  • Waterbury: 9 inches
  • Watertown: 9.5 inches
  • West Hartford: 4.3 inches
  • Wethersfield: 8.5 inches
  • Winchester: 5.8 inches
  • Windsor: 2.5 inches
  • Windsor Locks: 7.5 inches
  • Winsted: 13.5 inches
  • Wolcott: 10 inches

If your town is not on the list, comment below and tell us how much snow you have.

Check the latest totals in Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties, Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties, and for Litchfield County.

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<![CDATA[Oil Deliveries Rise as Temperatures Fall]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:24:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/barneys+oil+delivery+truck.jpg

Home heating oil deliveries are on the rise as we fall into some of the season's coldest temperatures.

Employees of Newington-based Barney Barker Oil Company were busy filling orders Friday just hours after temperatures at Bradley International Airport reached record lows.

“We have been super busy, basically running two shifts one during the day, one at night,” said Damion Dellaventure, or Barney Barker.

Dellaventure knows that in his business, winter always means work, but this year he believes temperatures in the teens are causing homes to burn through supplies at a faster rate. He also says customers are taking advantage of a price cut.

“This winter has been kind of a break for everyone compared to the last couple years with how much oil was,” Dellaventure said.

If you're expecting a visit, make sure to shovel driveways or pathways prior to delivery so workers can access your home. Dellaventure says the less snow they have to walk through, the quicker they can get to other customers.

Oil companies also ask that you keep an eye on your tank. It's always easier to fulfill needs when consumers call ahead.

Simple steps, Dellaventure says, can save you a big headache. A bust pipe is the last thing you want to deal with as the temperatures continue to drop.

<![CDATA[Local "Hotspots" Help Kick Winter Blues]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:11:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2615stayingwarmj00000000.jpg

Some Connecticut hotspots are not only popular, they also offer welcome relief from some of the coldest temperatures of the season.

Over at West Hartford Yoga, a room is set near 90 degrees for customers just coming out of the cold.

“It is a mini getaway,” said Francesca Mancinone, of New Britain. “Sometimes I say to myself, 'I need yoga today,' not necessarily for my mind but to warm up.”

Sweating for any reason other than shoveling is a trade many will take after countless attempts at keeping walkways and driveways clear.

The heated pool at Healthtrax in Newington is becoming increasingly popular.

“The pool right now is set to 86, the Jacuzzi is 103 degrees, so we have a lot of people getting in the water and warming up,” said Healthtrax manager Jason Otash.

Brian Conneely, of Wethersfield, is one of them. He said getting into the water is almost like “getting into summer.”

“This is like taking a short trip to Florida without having to get on a plane or travel,” said Conneely.

Restaurants like Lena’s in Hartford are serving up warm dishes to help patrons kick the winter woes.

“Nothing is better than a nice homemade soup,” said customer Zoraida Ricciardi.

Everyone knows there's no substitute for summer, but for now these places might be as close as it gets.

<![CDATA[Snowstorm Leaving Behind Slick Roads]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:35:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/branford+crash+95+tuesday.jpg

Intermittent snow falling throughout the weekend ramped up Monday, coating parts of the state with several inches of fresh accumulation and leaving slippery roads in its wake.

A winter storm warning issued for Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties remains in effect through 1 a.m. Tuesday. Meanwhile, a winter weather advisory is in effect for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties.

Snow is tapering off around the state and will move out by midnight, according to First Alert Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Much of the state will not see any additional accumulation, although eastern Connecticut could receive another coating to an inch, along with sleet and freezing rain on the shoreline.

Road conditions remain slippery and will ice up overnight as temperatures drop into the teens.

Total additional accumulation today through 7 p.m. will likely be about 3-6 inches for the majority of the state and 1-3 inches along the shoreline. Cities and towns in northern and central Connecticut received as much as 9 or 10 inches of snow from Saturday through Monday.

Road crews have been out in full force through the weekend, but 150 spin-outs and 97 crashes have been reported Monday. State police are urging residents to drive slowly and carefully or avoid the roads altogether.

AAA has received 1,050 calls for help in greater Hartford and eastern Connecticut since midnight, including tows and jump starts, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

Metro-North and Shoreline East are operating on schedule, but two Amtrak trains were significantly delayed Monday evening. Air travel is more heavily effected, with dozens of flights canceled at Bradley International Airport. Check your flight status online or call your air carrier for more information.

Schools around the state were closed Monday and many have already opted for delayed openings Tuesday morning. Dozens of businesses and organizations remain closed and many towns have parking bans in place. All driving tests with the Department of Motor Vehicles have been canceled until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The weather will improve Tuesday, with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures climbing into the 30s. More snowfall is expected Thursday, but the amount will depend heavily on whether the storm tracks out to sea or brushes the Northeast, according to Hanrahan.

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<![CDATA[Southbury Scrambles for Salt Ahead of Storm]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:33:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snow+pile+ct.jpg

As winter grinds on, the state is bracing for more snow to come, and one town has found itself short on salt days before another storm is set to arrive.

"The town is basically out of salt and is therefore not prepared for future storms, and we have one coming this weekend," explained Southbury Selectman Ken Korsu.

Voters at a special meeting Thursday night chose to move $125,000 from reserves to the Salt and Sand Fund, which had an original budget of $225,000.

"It's the same calamity we had last year at this time. We had to do the same thing, so I don't know if it's a planning deficiency or a factor of worse storms," said Korsu.

Korsu said officials are concerned that trucks carrying salt may not arrive in time for a storm that could make a big impact early next week. Southbury will send its own trucks to gather the material if need be.

If the area continues to collect snow like it has over the last three weeks, officials may need to move more money to the Salt and Sand Fund. The board says it may also need to transfer funds to account for overtime hours.

Korsu said he hopes the town will adopt a strategy the Department of Transportation uses for dealing with winter storms by pre-treating the roads with liquid material. He said the method would save money on both salt and overtime.

Meanwhile, New Haven has already posted a parking ban in an effort to whittle down snow mounds before the next storm arrives.

"I think they may have to use dynamite to get rid of some of the snow," said Daniel Mark Epstein, who is visiting New Haven from Baltimore, Maryland.

Earlier in the day crews posted "No Parking" signs on several downtown area streets so the Department of Public Works could continue removing the packed snow piles from 11 p.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday.

"I think that's great. I think they need to do that. I think they need to do that earlier," said New Haven resident Michael Clinton. "I live down in the East Rock section, and we always have a problem with people not moving their cars and not being able to clean the snow around them."

On top of the snow to come, Friday morning may be the coldest of the season. There's no mistaking winter may have started out slow, but it's now packing a punch.

"It's bone chilling and a little bit frightening. If it got much colder, I might not be able to speak. My lips would freeze up," said Epstein.

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<![CDATA[Snow Hampers Small Businesses in New Haven]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:28:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+snow+cleanup.JPG

Small businesses in New Haven are struggling to recover from back-to-back storms that snowed them out and are bracing for more winter weather on the way.

When Al Gordon has to close Chick-Lets Organic Grille during a snow storm, he loses money.

“As a small business person down here in New Haven, it trickles down. It actually trickles into my employees' pockets. I'm a restaurant, so I have to watch my food costs and the bills keep on coming,” said Gordon.

Claire's Corner Copay sees a similar problem. Owner Claire Crisco still has to pay the the rent, staff and utility bills even when the snow comes in – and the customers don't.

“When you have it snow and it's relentless and it's measurable, it makes it difficult because, let's face it, you tend to stay in,” said Crisco.

On top of that, downtown parking bans keep people off the streets even after the snow stops.

“All of a sudden, the on-street parking is no longer an option for customers, and then you get a rush to the off-street facilities, they'll fill up rather quickly, and then people are out of luck coming downtown, so the customer base dries up,” explained Win Davis, executive director of the Town Green Special Services District in New Haven.

The Town Green District and the city of New Haven have been working together to help out businesses by cleaning up the snow and making the parking spaces more accessible.

Thursday night into Friday morning, parking restrictions will take effect in downtown New Haven to allow crews to remove excess snow on the roadsides.

The downtown shops appreciate the effort, but said there's nothing they can do about the weather.

“The snow's coming fast and furious and with more snow on the way," said Gordon. "I expect more of the same going forward.”

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<![CDATA[Experts: Weatherproof Your Home Ahead of Snow and Cold]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/icedams02052015.jpg

As more snow and extreme cold move into the state, experts are urging residents to weatherproof their homes to help safeguard against damage.

Ken Carney, who owns Baybrook Remodelers, said residents should inspect their roofs now before problems develop.

“Go out there and look at that roof carefully, and if it needs to be repaired, call a professional, let's get that done before the snow and ice comes,” said Carney.

He also suggested taking precautions to prevent frozen pipes.

“Turn off your spigots. Lot of frozen spigot calls we get. A lot of people call up, a pipe froze, burst, get those spigots turned off. If you have an irrigation system, make sure that's drained, that's taken care of. Divert water from the house,” Carney said.

To prevent ice dams from forming, make sure to properly insulate your attic.

“The heat gets to the underside of the roof, all it has to do is heat that roof line up to 33 degrees, snow starts to melt, comes into your gutters, turns to ice, and when we have 8-9 inches of snow, you're going to have a problem,” said Carney.

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<![CDATA[Constant Snow Removal Exhausts Public Works Crews]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 23:04:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/east+haven+dpw.JPG

Back-to-back snowstorms are taking a toll on the people who have to spend long hours cleaning up roads and sidewalks.

A spokesperson for the East Haven Public Works Department said 14 workers called out sick Tuesday, just hours after many worked long hours to keep up with Monday's storm.

“We knew people weren’t going to show up because they’re tired. We got some people who worked physically for 20, 30 hours in a row and we got people behind trucks and it’s not the easiest job in the world let me tell you,” said Bob Parente, superintendent of operations at East Haven Public Works.

The crew’s union president, John Longley, called out sick himself. He said crews were run down from all the work over the past week.

“The last thing I want is anyone fatigued on the road where they’re not going to, number one, they’re not going to feel good and put them in a position of their own safety to be jeopardized,” said Parente.

He said the town hired private contractors to help keep up with Tuesday's cleanup.

Longley emphasized that the large number of sick workers was neither coordinated nor planned.

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<![CDATA[Stratford Firefighters Dig Out Hydrants]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:27:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stratfordff02032015.jpg

Firefighters in Stratford made the rounds Tuesday to dig out fire hydrants buried by snow and make them once again available to emergency responders who need them.

“We have to keep the fronts clean, and the side ears," said Stratford Fire Lt. Jim Mecozzi. "What we do, the main line is the large hookup in the front, and then we do one side of the hydrant, the closest to the fire.”

Firefighters said unobstructed hydrant access is very important in emergency situations, because hydrants are the main source of water when fighting fires.

“We carry a little bit of water on the fire trucks, but not enough to put out a house fire,” said Stratford Fire Chief Robert McGrath.

With two snow storms in a row, it's hard to stay on top of which hydrants are buried.

“It's extremely difficult because if the snow gets piled up, unfortunately, the plows plow them in and we need to get out and make sure they're available. So with back-to-back storms, the guys have been working really hard,” said McGrath.

However, they can't hit the town's more than 1,300 hydrants alone, so they're asking people who live and work in Stratford to help out.

“We'd appreciate if they can come out and help us out, adopt a hydrant or so, help us out, because we can't get to all of them right away. We try our best,” said McGrath.

<![CDATA[Mounting Concern Over Ice Dams, Collapsing Roofs]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:08:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/530proofsstill020315.jpg

With snow piled on rooftops around the state, concerns are mounting for home and business owners about ice dams and the potential for roofs to collapse.

Officials say heavy snow was to blame for a roof collapse at an apartment building in Montville late Monday night. As a result, 20 residents were displaced.

The back-to-back winter storms are keeping roofing contractors around the state busy.

We caught up with a crew from J.J. Landerman Roofing as they worked on the roof of a Simsbury home. They cleared the edges of the roof and also used calcium chloride to break up the ice.

"What you want to do is clean 3 feet past that wall to the interior of the house, and that allows the snow to melt and drain into the gutter and then that eliminates the ice dams," said company foreman Frank Mortell.

Failing to clear ice dams could cause interior damage to your home or business, according to experts.

If you can't do the work yourself, Mortell advises residents to call a licensed contractor for help.

"With this snow, this put another ten to twelve inches on top of what was already there and that's where your trouble starts now. If you don't address it now it's going to continue to build up and your ice dams are going to get greater and greater," said Mortell.

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<![CDATA[Ice Missiles Will Cost You]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:27:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/208*120/snowcar.jpg

The state's "ice missile" law requires drivers to pay a $75 fine for failing to remove snow and ice from their cars before hitting the roads.

“If a police officer sees you, you can be subject to a fine of about $75. If the flying snow results in an injury or damage to your vehicle, fines certainly are higher,” said AAA Northeast spokesperson Fran Mayko.

Mayko said snow and ice missiles can be extremely dangerous.

“As the victim of the flying ice, you certainly could lose control of your car, but there's also a good chance that your windshield will smash, or you could collide with another person on the roadway,” said Mayko.

Rocky Hill resident Tyler Cote had a close call on the Merritt Parkway on Tuesday.

“I was just driving down the Merritt, and there was a Jeep Cherokee in front of me, going about 65 and the entire top was a sheet of ice and came right off and landed right in front of me. It could have caused a three-car pileup,” he said.

Mayko said it's common courtesy to clear off cars.

“It's not only against the law to this, but it's downright rude. It's common driver etiquette,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Record Cold, Then More Snow]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:58:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Feb+6+7am+FEELSLIKE.jpg

Brutal cold moved in overnight, plunging the state into record-breaking cold, and another storm is expected to bring more snow to the state over the weekend.

An arctic chill has swept cold air into the state, making Friday the coldest morning of the season so far. The temperature reached -7 at Bradley Airport this morning, breaking the record of -5 set in 1910 and 1998.

NBC Connecticut weather watchers in Falls Village reported temperatures as low as -15.

Because of the extremely cold temperatures, Gov. Dannel Malloy is extending the severe cold weather protocol through Feb. 16.

More snow is expected to start up Saturday afternoon. A few inches are possible on Sunday and the NBC Connecticut weather team is watching the forecast for snow on Monday as well.

There is no sign of relief with an exceptionally cold and stormy pattern lingering through the next two weeks.

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<![CDATA[Rollovers, Spin-Outs, Delays Continue After Storm]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:44:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rollover+in+Waterbury+1200.jpg

The snow stopped falling last night, but the lingering effects of the storm included rollovers and spin-outs and hundreds of school delays and closings on Tuesday. 

The storm on Monday added more than a foot of fresh snow to parts of the state that already had significant snow piles from the blizzard last week.

One problem area was the northbound side of Merritt Parkway in Fairfield, where police responded to several crashes.

There were also several rollovers, including one on the Tolland Turnpike in Manchester. Another car flipped on its side on Interstate 84 in Waterbury, but no injuries were reported. There was also a rollover on the Merritt Parkway in Westport.

All morning, highways were clogged after crashes, including on I-84 west in Vernon, I-84 east in New Britain I-91 south in Windsor and I-91 North in Rocky Hill.

Earlier, police responded to spin-outs on I-84 east in East Hartford and on I-95 south in East Lyme. Several spinouts caused delays on I-91 south, causing delays from Windsor Locks to Hartford.

Much of interior Connecticut received up to a foot of snow – or more. Weather watchers measured 14.3 inches in Weston, 13 inches in Avon and 12.5 inches in Enfield. Check our running list of snow totals here.

The storm, which started as snow, then switched over to sleet before turning back to snow, also impacted air travel at Bradley Airport.

Temperatures will be bitter cold today and we could see more snow later this week. Check the forecast for updates.

Now, the NBC Connecticut meteorologists are focused on more chances for snow this week.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Safe Driving in the Snow]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:55:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/south+windsor+poor+visibility.JPG

As heavy snowfall impacts the state, AAA is offering tips for safe and smart driving.

Clear all snow and ice from your car. State law requires cars to be completely clear of snow and ice before driving after a snowstorm. Snow left on the top of your car can fly off and smash into the windshield of another vehicle on the road. Drivers who violate the "ice missile" law will be subject to a fine.

Use major routes such as highways and streets that are well traveled whenever possible. Roads that see less traffic will be snowier and more dangerous.

Avoid passing plows unless absolutely necessary.

Leave a following distance of 8-10 seconds between you and the car in front of you. This will give you more time to react and stop in case one of you slips, skids or spins out.

Accelerate and brake slowly to maintain as much traction on the road as possible. Starting, stopping and turning take longer on snowy roads.

Do not use cruise control on slick roads. This can cause you to slip.

In an emergency, pull off to the side away from traffic as safely as you can. Turn on your hazard lights and stay in the car while calling for help, unless you're worried your car might be struck from behind.

Call 911 in an emergency situation, or AAA roadside assistance (1-800-AAA-HELP) during non-emergencies.