Area braces for big storm

Published on Friday, 28 January 2022 17:05
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

WFSB Meteorologist Scot Haney urges people to stay off the roads Saturday as winter storm Bobby is expected to bring heavy snow and high winds and create low visibility conditions.

“It’s coming so get ready; we’re looking at a pretty good amount of snow around here,” said Haney during his forecast on Friday. “It’s going to snow all day Saturday. There will be no sleet, no freezing rain, no mixtures of any kind – snow for the entire state. You need to get ready. Prepare, prepare, prepare. It will be a snowy day tomorrow.”

In total, central Connecticut is expected to see between 8 and 18 inches of snow. The western part of the state will see 4 to 8 inches of snow and more than 18 inches of snow are expected in parts of northeast and southeast Connecticut.

Haney said that 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be the roughest parts of the storm, with snow falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour and winds gusting between 45 to 55 miles per hour.

“It’s going to be tough for the plow drivers to keep up,” he said. “We’re asking you to stay off the roads; these are going to be near whiteout conditions.”

In addition to the heavy snow blowing around and creating poor visibility, Haney said that the high winds could also result in downed trees and power lines, creating some power outages.

“It’s not a great scenario,” he said.

Haney said that the heavy winds and snowfall are expected to die down between 7 and 8 p.m.

“There will be some snow showers late at night, but nothing like we are going to get during the day,” said Haney.

Saturday’s temperatures will be 18 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast, Haney said, is mostly sunny, breezy and cold with low temperatures of 10 degrees and highs of 24 inland and 25 by the shore.

Governor Ned Lamont is urging residents to prepare for the worst.

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst,” said Lamont.

Lamont said that the state is ready for what could be a really rough storm.

“We got 600 plus snow plows that are going to be out in the street,” said Lamont.

Lamont said that it is an interesting storm.

“Its going to be heavy in places,” said Lamont. “A lot of this is going to be wetter snow, especially along the coastline, especially in southeast and southwest Connecticut.”

Joseph Giulietti Commissioner of the Department of Transportation said that all buses will be shut down tomorrow.

“All systems will be down with the exception of Metro North running a limited service,” said Giulietti.

Giulietti urged people to stay off the roads as well.

“This is supposed to be a very nasty storm,” said Giulietti.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart is reminding residents to have patience with the Department of Public Works.

“We are short a dozen drivers but we are committed to ensuring the roads get plowed and residents stay safe during any snow storm,” said Stewart in a post. “Tomorrow, stay inside, stay off the roads and bee safe!”

Eversource President of Connecticut Electric Operations Steve Sullivan said that the utility company has kept a close eye on the storm since the start of this week. Hundreds of crews, he said, have been flown-in in preparation.

“We aren’t leaving anything to chance,” he said. “They’ll be geared up and ready to respond to this storm alongside our Eversource crews.”

Sullivan said that power restorations may take longer “as we ensure the safety of our employees who will be responding in challenging road conditions.” He urged customers to stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 911.

Outages can be reported to Eversource by calling 800-286-2000 or by visiting eversource.com.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 28 January 2022 17:05. Updated: Friday, 28 January 2022 17:07.