Winter storm creates messy morning commute; another wave of precipitation expected

Published on Monday, 2 December 2019 18:21


BRISTOL - The first wave of a winter storm made for a messy Monday morning commute, but more precipitation was expected to affect the evening rush hour and possibly this morning’s commute as well.

Snow began falling Sunday afternoon and quickly turned into an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain, which lingered overnight and left a crusty layer of ice.

Snow fell on and off throughout the day Monday and was expected to pick up in intensity during the evening hours and overnight, with 3 to 5 inches a possibility.

The Public Works crews have been out since yesterday afternoon at 1 p.m.,” Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said Monday. “We have had 18 trucks out, four per district and two splitting time across the four districts. Private contractors have been called in for today to assist with the forecast of 3 to 5 inches expected, as well as to give the DPW crew a break before they have to come back in for overnight.”

In Bristol, the storm caused a number of accidents between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon. Of the 14 reported collisions, Police Lt. Geoffrey Lund said, none appeared to have resulted in serious injuries.

In one such crash in the late morning, a box truck carrying ice cream left the road and struck a utility pole in the area of 221 Woodland St. The collision snapped the pole near the base. Woodland Street was closed until about 2 p.m. while Eversource crews made repairs.

During his morning commute on Monday, Lund said, the roads did not appear to be in bad shape in the city.

“It was a lot worse last night,” he said.

A parking ban in the city will remain in effect until further notice.

“People are asked to continue to drive slow and take precautions as there are slick areas due to the precipitation mix,” Zoppo-Sassu said.

Towns of Plainville and Southington have also enacted parking bans for the storm.

As of Monday morning, Plainville Police Lt. Nicholas Mullins said, the storm had caused one minor car accident in his town.

Plainville police also received two reports of cars that got stuck in the snow, four parking violations and several reports of sidewalks not shoveled.

Southington Police Lt. Stephen Elliott said his officers received reports of six motor vehicle accidents during the storm, as of Monday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

These crashes included a car striking a utility pole at the South Main and Crescent streets intersection and a vehicle striking a tree at the Judy Lane-Walkley Drive intersection, according to the fire department.

Southington police also received the report of a disabled vehicle and two reports of either a tree or wires down.

Plymouth police Monday morning said only one car accident had been reported during the storm so far. Two more were reported Monday afternoon, Plymouth police said. None involved injuries.

Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that state offices will remain open for regular business hours as an ongoing winter storm continues to impact the state. Early Monday morning, the governor held a unified command call with the leadership of several state agencies, the Connecticut National Guard and utility companies to assess the situation, according to the state.

“It is slick in some spots but still manageable, so we are advising everyone that if you need to travel you should give yourself extra time and take it slow,” Lamont said. “Leadership from state offices will remain in enhanced monitoring status throughout the day today as some additional snow, sleet, and freezing rain are expected to impact the state during the Monday afternoon and evening hours. I will stay in close contact with them throughout the day and will provide additional updates as necessary.”

Staff writer Catherine Shen contributed to this story.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 2 December 2019 18:21. Updated: Monday, 2 December 2019 18:23.