Preparations are underway in New London as the state braces for another storm that could bring up to a foot of snow to central Connecticut and a wintry mix to the shoreline.
“That actually creates a bigger complication than necessarily a higher snowfall because it creates a heavier snow and it could also put a strain on power lines,” explained New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio.
City officials said parking restrictions and a downtown parking ban took effect Sunday night. Parking is available at the Water Street Parking Garage while the ban is in effect.
Finizio emphasized the importance of getting cars off the streets so the city's full fleet of snow plows can begin treating the roads.
“What we’re really worried about this year with multiple storms, one coming after the other, is that we can get ice pack on our streets with the meltdown. So we want to get the pre-treat out,” said Finizio.
Frustrations about another storm seemed as high as the snow piles in New London.
“Not looking forward to it. But we don’t have a choice,” said New London resident Luis Cordero.
It comes just a week after the Blizzard of 2015 socked the southeast with about 2 feet of snow.
The city has also put a call to private contractors to be on standby.
School is already canceled in New London Monday. Kids haven’t been in school since last Monday.
A warming center at the Martin Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. until Feb. 10.