BRISTOL - With meteorologists predicting another snow-filled morning Wednesday, local towns did their best to prepare the night before - salting and treating roads to make them as driveable as possible.
WFSB-TV3 meteorologists forecast that snow would be developing this morning shortly after the morning commute. The snow should then change to sleet and freezing rain in the afternoon and evening and could possibly back to snow before ending tonight. The total accumulation was estimated to be 2 inches near the coast, 2 to 5 inches inland and 4 to 8 inches near the northwestern hills area of the state.
In Bristol, Joe Mone, superintendent of streets, said that the city is prepared for whatever comes.
“The trucks are ready to go, we’ll be plowing the roads and we just got in a big order of salt,” he said.
Additionally, public works will be starting curbside collections at 6 a.m. Residents were encouraged to remove trash bins from the curb promptly to avoid impacting snow removal operations.
In Plainville, Domenick Moschini, superintendent of roadways, said that his department is “ready to go” but is worried that the weather seemed so subject to change.
“We are worried about the possibility of rain and wintry mix coming in at 2 p.m. and then turning to ice,” he said. “If there is school or traffic, that could be hazardous. So, we will put the initial coating of salt down and then keep monitoring it. If we need to, we will put down another load of it. We may just have to keep chasing it.”
In Southington, Anette Turnquist, town engineer briefed Town Manager Mark Sciota on what preparations were made. She also promised to keep him updated if forecasts and plans changed.
“The weather reports at noon were very similar to the ones from this morning,” she said. “Snow is expected to start between 8 and 9 a.m. tomorrow. At some point, it is predicted to switch over to sleet and/or freezing rain. Therefore, we are pre-treating this afternoon and will come in at the regular time tomorrow (7 a.m.). In addition to hills and mains, we are going to treat developments but only at a maintenance level. We feel it is important to go into the developments in preparation for possible ice.”
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