What to Know
- Thursday's storm is expected to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow in most of Connecticut, with less along the southeastern shore.
- Road conditions deteriorated Thursday afternoon, with stuck and crashed vehicles reported across the state.
- Roads could still be icy Friday morning and drivers should continue to use caution for the AM commute.
Some schools are closed or opening late Friday after the storm Thursday and more snow moving across Pennsylvania could bring additional rain and some snow here later this morning.
The timing of Thursday’s snowfall made for a nightmarish evening commute in parts of the state. There have been some issues Friday morning as well and some schools are closed or will be opening late on Friday.
Snow began falling in Fairfield County around 3 p.m. Thursday and quickly moved across the state, which caused some schools to opt for early dismissals and both the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University to close campus early.
While school dismissals weren't greatly affected, as the day went on slippery conditions led to multiple crashes across the state that left highways backed up for hours.
Interstate 84 was closed in Farmington after several trucks got stuck. The same issue occurred in neighboring West Hartford, causing traffic backups that lasted for hours.
Conditions on the Merritt Parkway were so bad in Stamford Thursday afternoon that police closed the highway until the Department of Transportation could send sand and plows.
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Local roads were also a mess. West Hartford police closed Route 44 at Avon Mountain after multiple vehicles were unable to clear the hill. The Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown was also shut down due to poor conditions but reopened.
AAA reported more than 1,200 calls for help in the Greater Hartford area as of 9:45 p.m. Almost all of those calls were for tows and winch outs. Road conditions were so poor even AAA rescue crews struggled to reach some customers.
Air travel was less of a problem. Bradley International Airport reports a small number of cancellations and delays due to the storm. Customers should check with their airline to confirm their flight status.
By Friday morning, some towns were reporting snow totals as high as 10-and-a-half inches.
See Friday school closures and delays here.
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