Towns prepare for winter weather this weekend

Published on Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:51
Written by Karla Santos


A weak storm was forecasted Thursday night into Friday morning with light snow developing overnight, but a bigger storm is expected to generate Saturday evening into Sunday.

WFSB Meteorologist Mark Dixon told The Herald/Press that a coating of two inches of snow was expected to fall overnight Thursday into Friday. The storm, while not a big one, could have affected this morning’s commute. The temperatures after midnight were between 15 and 25 degrees. The highest temperature on Friday is expected to be 38 degrees inland and 40 by the shore.

According to Dixon, snow will start to fall Saturday night. This storm is expected to bring heavy precipitation on Sunday, having an impact not only in Connecticut but throughout New England.

Because the storm has not developed, it is too early to predict its significance, Dixon said. In addition, he said snow, rain, sleet or freezing rain could be possible on Sunday’s storm. On Monday, the temperatures will be in the single digits, causing any standing water to freeze as temperatures drop.

Bristol’s mayor, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, said that the city has been preparing for the storms throughout the week. The crews prepared the equipment, salt and sand while keeping an eye on both storms. The city is also making sure water pollution control is ready for emergency responses. The city’s warming center is also being prepared ahead of the weekend. On Sunday, there will be a parking ban in Bristol. More details will be announced today. Zoppo-Sassu wants to remind residents to keep sidewalks and roads as clear as possible for emergency workers including plows, police and ambulances.

The city of Southington announced that hills and mains were going to be pre-treated Thursday afternoon. The Transfer Station is scheduled to be open Saturday. The plan is to open it as scheduled, but could be closed at noon. The town is anticipating trees down and other ice-related issues and announced that it may be necessary to leave some snow on the roads prior to the sleet and freezing rain falling since scraping everything off and then getting ice could create dangerous road conditions. Residents must be aware that some snow may be left on the roads throughout the Saturday and Sunday storm.

In Plainville, the town also kept an eye on this morning’s storm and will continue to watch for Sunday’s, Scott Colby, assistant town manager said. The roads were treated Thursday night, and the roads were cleaned this morning. Crews are also ready to treat and clean the roads over the weekend. The town has six to eight trucks plus contractors depending on the significance of the snowfall.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Plainville, Southington Herald on Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:51. Updated: Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:53.