More snow and freezing rain is on the way this afternoon into Wednesday morning, though WFSBâ€™s Scot Haney says that the storm likely â€śwonâ€™t be a blockbuster.â€ť
Haney said that that while heavy snow is not expected, there may be enough to cause some problems on the roads, and people in Northwestern Connecticut may still have to shovel.
â€śAround 3 p.m. weâ€™ll start to see some snow developing in Northwestern Connecticut,â€ť he said. â€śThere will be a mix of snow and rain in Central Connecticut and rain on the shoreline. It will turn over from snow to rain and then back to snow again early Wednesday morning from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.â€ť
Haney said that one model is predicting 2 to 3 inches of snow in Northwestern Connecticut, 1 to 2 inches in Central Connecticut and â€śvery minimalâ€ť amounts on the shoreline. The â€śEuropeanâ€ť model was predicting as much as 4 to 5 inches in parts of Northwestern Connecticut.
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said the city is still well within its budget for dealing with winter storms.
This yearâ€™s budget includes $250,000 for overtime, of which $52,000 has been used. The Jan. 19-20 storm cost approximately $14,000 in overtime.
The budget for salt is $462,000, of which $55,000 has been used so far. Zoppo-Sassu said the city has 4,500 tons stored, and used approximately 360 tons during the previous storm. The city doesnâ€™t use sand.
The budget for outside plow contractors is $305,200, of which $52,000 has been used.
There are two big expenses incurred during winter storms, she said. â€śThe first is when a storm hits - so weekends and holidays versus during the course of the normal operating business day. Then we have overtime and holiday pay costs that we would cover.â€ť
â€śSo then, there is also the magnesium that is part of the salt mixture we put down to pre-treat the roads,â€ť she said. â€śIt is very expensive, yet very highly effective. We went through a lot of it last week because of the nature of the ice storm.â€ť
â€śThen, obviously, there are some other costs that factor in, including the type of storm it is - ice versus heavy snow versus fluffy snow,â€ť she continued. â€śAnd then when we then pull in the contractors to augment the city vehicles. And we always have our fingers crossed that our equipment stays operational and doesnâ€™t go down, because then we have the related repair and down time costs associate with storms as well.â€ť
Police are advising residents to take the necessary precautions when driving, particularly if the storm affects either the evening or morning commute.
â€śDrive slow, leave early and give yourself extra time to get wherever youâ€™re going,â€ť said Lt. Richard Guerrera.
â€śLeave extra distance between you and the car in front of youâ€ť Guerrera continued, adding that headlights should always be on during winter storms.
Guerrera also said motorists should clear their entire windshield before driving and not just a small area to see in front of their vehicle. Blind spots caused by snow can contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
â€śIf the roads ice up very quickly then it could be a problem,â€ť the lieutenant said.
Plymouth Director of Public Works Charles Weigert said that it doesnâ€™t look as if there will be much snow.
â€śWe will monitor it as it develops and if the roads are slick we will treat them,â€ť he said. â€śIf thereâ€™s more snow than expected, weâ€™ll plow the roads if we have to. But itâ€™s looking like it will be mostly rain.â€ť
Mike Widger, roadways foreman in Plainville, said that the town was having salt delivered and having mechanics look over trucks to make sure that they are ready to go if they need to.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping that weâ€™ll just be able to treat the roads,â€ť he said. â€śFrom what Iâ€™ve heard, weâ€™re maybe looking at an inch and a half of snow.â€ť
Southington Town Manager Mark Sciota said that he met with the Public Works Department Monday morning to discuss storm preparations.
â€śThe snow is looking pretty light; itâ€™s going to all turn to rain,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ll be bringing in our town contractors but we donâ€™t expect to have to bring in third party contractors for this. If thereâ€™s less than an inch of snow, we wonâ€™t have to plow.â€ť
Susan Corica and Justin Muszynski contributed to this story.
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