Nor'easter Sets Snow Record

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012  |  Updated 11:23 AM EDT
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    The nor'easter that came through on Wednesday not only coated the state in snow, but also brought as much as 12 inches of snow to North Haven. This storm has now set records for the most snow in November since records have been set.

    The National Weather Service is reporting 11.5 inches in Monroe, 10.8 inches in Meriden, 10 inches in Wallingford and 9.9 inches in Danbury. Other areas saw about 2 inches. You can check the interactive map here.

    The official total in Bridgeport was 8 inches, so yesterday's storm set a record for the greatest snowfall in November, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist. This storm also made this month the snowiest November on record. Over the two-day span of Nov. 22 and 23, 1989, 6.6 inches of snow fell. 

    There were two fatalities on the roads on Wednesday and state police are still investigating whether the snow was a factor.

    Katelin Walker, 19, of Lebanon, died after losing control of a Nissan Altima on Clubhouse Road just after noon and hitting a tree, according to state police. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Ewa McGovern, 40, of North Granby, was killed in a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer just before 4 p.m. on Route 20, near Granger Circle, in East Granby, according to state police. 

    As snow came to an end on Thursday morning, hundreds of 500 schools and businesses either closed or opened late.

    The state Department of Transportation's full force of state plows and outside contractors worked through the nor’easter as residents travelled tough roads and that work continued into the morning.

    "The timing of the storm happened sooner. It made our rush-hour difficult combined with the temperatures the pavement temperatures dropping. It made conditions very hazardous," John Wells, DOT's general supervisor, said.

    Drivers on Thursday morning said road conditions were better than they were on Wednesday.

    "The roads were actually pretty decent compared to last night. I made a few trips to Mansfield and they were pretty treacherous last night, but this morning they were fine," Nathan Khan, of Willimantic, said.

    Daniel Smedley, of New Britain, is a private plow driver and was working in Andover on Thursday. 

    He said he has been busy clearing roads since the storm began and spent part of the morning salting sidewalks.

    "It was a little unexpected for that, but we're handling it and getting it done," he said.

    One problem area on Thursday was on Route 6 in Columbia. 

    A tractor-trailer crashed between Whitney Road and Oakwood Lane, bringing traffic to a hault. Police said the driver lost control and hit a guardrail.

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called in to clean up the 150 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled .

    To see whether there are problems in your area, check the state Department of Transportation web site, which keeps an up-to-date list of incidents.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles is canceling all road skills tests scheduled before 1 p.m. today due to poor road conditions

    If you are traveling on Metro-North, leave extra time if you are traveling the New Canaan branch. Bus service is in operation, with buses leaving stations 15 minutes before the scheduled train time.

    Through the day, we will have moderate winds, of 20 to 40 miles per hour, will continue but diminish.

    After the storm, the weather looks quite nice! Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures will move in for the weekend and above normal temperatures develop Sunday through Wednesday!

    Check the radar through the day.

    If you take weather photos, send them to photos@nbcconnecticut.com.

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