Digging Out from Another Storm

Connecticut is digging out from the 12th storm of the winter, which caused problems on the roads and prompted hundreds of school and business closings and delays.

Snow and freezing rain pummeled the state on Thursday. Then, after a lull in the evening, a wintry mix picked back up and dropped some additional snow around Connecticut.

Between 5 and 13 inches fell around the state Thursday. Thunderstorms affected parts of the state heavier icing and snow redeveloped northwest of Hartford as the night wore on.

More snow accumulated overnight before t he storm wound down on Friday.

On Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy declared a state of emergency due to a shortage of salt to treat the roads.

Today, he announced that the state Department of Transportation is preparing a relief package for all municipalities across the state facing road salt shortages

Malloy said he anticipates a salt delivery within the next day or two, but is asking the White House and FEMA for additional supplies.

State police said they responded to 2,104 calls for service, 171 crashes without injuries, 18 with injuries and helped 556 drivers.

Between midnight and 11 a.m. on Friday, AAA’s Roadside Rescue Team has received 586 calls for emergency road service in Greater Hartford and Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham and New London counties as of Friday morning and said they expected more through the day.

On Thursday, the crews responded to 779 calls.

On Thursday morning, Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered all first and second shift, non-essential state employees not to report to work because of winter storm conditions across the state.

Those employees should also expect a one-hour delay Friday.

The National Guard was placed on standby on Thursday with around 300 men and women available to respond if necessary, Malloy said.

The state's Emergency Operations Center was activated at 6 a.m. on Thursday and will continue to operate until today.

Malloy ordered a ban on travel by tandem tractor-trailers on primary and secondary roads beginning at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Several communities declared snow emergencies in advance of the storm, including New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has extended the city parking ban through 4 p.m. Friday. Hartford Public Schools will be closed Friday and city offices will open at 10 a.m., according to a release from the mayor's office.

Bridgeport residents were advised to move their cars to the odd-numbered side of the street at 11 p.m. Thursday and to look out for roads marked with "Snow Emergency" signs, where parking is prohibited.

In Milford, cars on city roads should be parked on the odd number side of the street until Friday at 8 a.m.

After that, cars should be moved to the even number side of the street. The alternate side of the street parking ban will be lifted at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Airline travel has also been affected by the storm. About 70 percent of flights at Bradley International Airport were canceled on Thursday. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines before traveling.

Local CT Transit bus service will resume on all routes at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Service begins with the first trips from downtown and the ends of the line after 9 a.m. on the regular weekday schedule. Service will be fully restored by 10 a.m., but customers should continue to anticipate detours or delays because of residual snow and road conditions.

GBT bus services
in the Bridgeport region are delayed until 9 a.m. on Friday.

Service is canceled for the day on the following routes: 14, 19X, 20, 22X, 23. More

Metro-North began operating an hourly service at 4 p.m. Thursday and adopted a Saturday schedule on Friday. Check here for more information.

All road tests with the state Department of Motor Vehicles are canceled Friday. Drivers with renewal and emissions deadlines Friday will be given extensions through Feb. 22.

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Anyone in need of shelter should call 211.

There is good news on the weather front. Temperatures will be warming up late next week.

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