BRISTOL - A quiet morning in Bristol and other area towns quickly turned into a slippery evening commute, as the second nor’easter in less than a week rolled through and finally started to show its colors in the afternoon hours.
For much of the morning, the area saw snow showers come and go, which only left roads a little wet.
“As for the weather conditions, we didn’t have any issues in the morning,” said Bristol police Lt. Richard Guerrera.
Guerrera added that there were no motor vehicle accidents reported before noon in Bristol. However, the snow didn’t really start to come down and stick until after 1 p.m. By 2 p.m., two accidents had been reported in the city. One was a two-car collision on Woodland Street, and the other involved a vehicle that slid into a utility pole on Willis Street. No injuries were initially reported in either incident.
According to WFSB-TV Meteorologist Mark Dixon, the peak of the storm was expected to come between 2-10 p.m., with snow falling as much as three inches an hour at times. Various weather reports called for anywhere between six to 12 inches in the area.
Mike Wider, Plainville Roadway foreman, said that while crews salted the roads at 11 a.m., the time that crews were actually going to hit the roads with plows continued to be a "moving target."
"The weathermen keep changing their projection for when this is supposed to really stick," he said. "It's pretty confusing, but we're all here and we're all ready. We thought 11 a.m. would be a good time to salt the roads but it probably wasn't. The roads are going to get wet and it's just going to go away."
Conditions around the state also began getting treacherous in the afternoon.
By 12 p.m., Bradley International Airport said about 50 percent of its Wednesday flights had been cancelled, not including delays.
Governor Dannel Malloy partially activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center at 11 a.m. to monitor storm conditions across the state and prepare for the weather.
“We continue to monitor this weather pattern very closely and will have essential personnel at the state’s Emergency Operations Center to better coordinate rapid response to any problems that may arise,” Malloy said Tuesday evening when announcing the opening of the EOC.
The governor sent non-essential state employees home in staggered, 15-minute intervals beginning at 12 p.m. Non-essential second shift employees were told not to report to work Wednesday evening.
Malloy said CT Department of Transportation had 634 state plow trucks on the roads and ready to go, with 200 contractor plows on call.
Schools in Bristol, Plainville, Southington and Plymouth were cancelled on Wednesday. At press time, a decision about classes on Thursday had not yet been made.
Parking bans were put into effect in Bristol, Plainville and Southington, and were not expected to be lifted until further notice.
Staff writers Charles Paullin and Skyler Frazer contributed to this story.
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