A storm dropped a mix of weather across the state Monday, creating icy conditions in some areas as thunder rumbled and lightning struck in others.
Rain, Ice, Thunder, Lightning and More
The National Weather Service has placed Northern Litchfield county in an ice storm warning. A winter weather advisory is issued for the rest of northern Connecticut.
A distinct layer of ice glazed branches, wires and roads in Norfolk in Monday and with temperatures hovering near freezing as rain and drizzle persist, icy conditions are a concern.
"This is the ice box of Connecticut so it’s nothing unusual for us, but you still need to be aware this is a dangerous situation," said Town of Norwalk Public Information Officer Jon Barbagallo.
The storm caused power problems in parts of the state as ice built up on tree branches and wires, bringing them down. The worst of the issues were in the northwest hills, but sleet and hail fell in other parts of the state as well.
"We’ve already had some power outages. We’ve already had a tree on a house. Some trees down blocking the roads but so far we’re keeping up with it," Barbagallo added.
A prolonged period of icing is possible in parts of Litchfield, northwestern Hartford, and northern Tolland counties.
Ice storm warnings are issued when more than one half inch of ice accretion on trees, power lines along with slippery travel.
The ice storm warning is in effect from now through 7 a.m. Tuesday for significant icing expected due to freezing rain. Winds could also gust as high as 35 mph.
Storm Damage Reports
In Norfolk, a large tree came down on the Village Green, just missing a soldiers' monument. Also in Norfolk, a large tree limb crashed into a fire department vehicle as a crew responded to another call of wires down.
In Southington, crews responded to multiple crashes as well as reports of lightning strikes. On Sun Valley Drive, wires caught fire as hail dropped around them.
Crews in Wethersfield also responded to a report of a lightning strike that caused a fire.
Thousands of intermittent power outages were reported all day, mostly in the Litchfield hills. As of 11:15 p.m., Eversource was reporting only 671 without power.
NBC Connecticut meteorologists expect the icing situation in the hill towns to continue for much of Monday before coming to an end early Tuesday morning.
Other parts of the state should expect a cold one to two inches of rain with temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.