The cleanup is beginning after a storm that offered blizzard conditions in parts of the state dropped over a foot of snow in much of Connecticut Monday.
Snow was still falling in some parts Monday night, while other areas saw a transition to a wintry mix. The snow will mostly wind down by morning, but may leave totals close to 20 inches in some hill towns west of Hartford. There may be occasional light snow or a mix during the day, but it should not accumulate to much after 4 a.m. Tuesday.
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The Waterbury and Bridgeport areas saw a storm that officially ranked as a blizzard, with wind gusts of more than 35 mph and visibility at or under 1/4 mile for three consecutive hours.
In Waterbury, as the clean up got going, traveling around the city was still difficult into the night. On top of blizzard conditions earlier in the day, the city has more than a foot of snow on the ground to clean up.
Eddie Floyd had run out to get groceries for his family and said the roads were rough.
“There were four of us who got stuck. It was me and two other cars that were fishtailing, stuck in a snowbank. There are plows out but not enough to be honest with you," Floyd told NBC Connecticut.
Major roads were slick but mostly passable. Side roads were difficult to navigate especially in the hilly sections of the city.
While many could hunker down, others who had to work had to brave the challenging road conditions.
Drivers who spoke with NBC Connecticut said the best advice is something we hear all the time: take it slow. Or if possible rethink heading out until the storm winds down.
“If you don’t have to drive in it stay home. Honestly, if you don’t have to come out, if you’re already stocked up on what you need for your essentials, just stay in the house. It’s not worth it," Floyd said.
There were significant travel impacts across the state and the region, including the suspension of Metro-North and CTtransit services, as well as widespread cancellations at Bradley International Airport, which saw at least 8.8 inches of snow.
Some towns have seen more than a foot of snow, while others, especially in northeastern Connecticut, had a less impressive showing.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of Connecticut through Tuesday morning.
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