BRISTOL - City officials urged residents to stay inside Sunday so highway crews could make light work of a long snowstorm.
Plow trucks were out early in the morning pre-treating roads and by mid-afternoon several inches of icy precipitation had blanketed the streets.
City Hall and the public schools will be closed today in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
Mayor Ken Cockayne said crews were focusing on the main byways before heading deeper into smaller neighborhoods. Bristol Hospital and the surrounding streets were priority one, he pointed out.
“That’s an area we target,” Cockayne said. “We knew this storm was coming so we had the crews out early this morning and we’re keeping the main roads clean. Once the storm winds down we’ll get into the neighborhoods and start pushing the snow back there. Once they have the streets done they’ll start focusing on the school parking lots.”
A parking ban went into effect late morning at 11 a.m. and will be in place until further notice, police said. Drivers were urged to stay off the roads whenever possible.
“If you don’t need to go out stay home and enjoy the afternoon indoors,” Cockayne explained. “Let our city crews do their jobs and clear off the streets so when you do have to go out it’s nice and safe out there.”
Meteorologists with WFSB predicted any mixed precipitation to change over to snow Sunday night, and then wrap up by mid-morning Monday. As the storm leaves the state Monday it will usher in high winds with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. Temperatures are expected to hit the lower 40s by Monday afternoon.
Governor Dannel Malloy urged people to drive with caution, or not at all.
“We continue to monitor this latest round of winter weather,” Malloy said Sunday. “Emergency management officials are in routine contact with the National Weather Service to get the latest forecast and potential impacts to Connecticut. If you must travel, motorists are reminded to take it slow and allow for plenty of braking distance between themselves and the vehicles in front of them.”
The Connecticut Department of Transportation had 634 plow trucks clearing the roads Sunday. Crews were expected to have state highways cleared in time for the Monday morning commute.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or firstname.lastname@example.org.