Snow is expected to hit Connecticut Saturday afternoon and towns are poised and ready.
After seeing temperatures rise above 60 degrees last weekend, normal January weather has returned with temperatures in the single digits over the last two days and a forecast of up to 6 inches of snow projected for our area, according to WFSB.
As of Friday afternoon, WFSB’s meteorologist predicted 3 to 5 inches of the white stuff for most of the state with the potential for 6 inches in the northwestern hills. Cities and towns along the Connecticut shoreline are expected to get between a dusting to 2 inches of snow into Saturday night with the possibility there will be a change to sleet and then rain into early Sunday morning. Temperatures will rise slightly on Saturday with a high in the 30s.
A parking ban is in effect in Bristol and will go into effect in New Britain at 3 p.m., in Plainville at 5 p.m. and Southington at 4 p.m. Newington, Berlin and Plymouth had not put bans into effect by noontime.
Residents of New Britain who violate the order are subject to a $100 fine and the city will tow the vehicle at the owner’s expense.
But New Britain Department of Public Works staffers were at the city garage filling up trucks with salt and sand for pre-treating the roads ahead of the storm on Friday afternoon. DPW officials are reminding motorists to allow plows and sand trucks plenty of room on the roads.
City residents and business owners are reminded to clear public sidewalks per city ordinance in New Britain and the city’s fire department asks that residents shovel out hydrants if possible.
By New England standards, this winter has been mild in comparison to past years with only three storms so far that have produced plowable snow.