Big storm brewing: 10 inches of snow, high winds expected

Published on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:07
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - Up to 10 inches of snow is expected in New Britain and across Central Connecticut today.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a winter storm warning from early Thursday morning through early Friday morning, and WFSB-TV3 Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said Hartford County could receive 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Temperatures in the 20s will keep the snow light, fluffy and easy to shovel, but winds between 40 and 50 mph could cause “whiteout” conditions.

DePrest told The Herald the storm will peak this morning and early afternoon, tapering off by tonight.

The storm will be followed by bitter cold on Friday and Saturday, with the wind making single-digit temperatures seem like well below zero.

School is canceled in New Britain today. The school district made the announcement Wednesday evening.

Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Erin Stewart announced that a parking ban would go into effect at midnight and stay in place at least until Thursday afternoon.

“Moving your car off the road helps us to get our streets back to normal as soon as possible. I’d also like to remind residents and business owners to shovel their sidewalks in a timely manner,” Stewart said. “Stay home, but if you have to go out, drive slowly and give yourself plenty of time.”

A city ordinance requires owners and occupants of properties as well as owners of vacant lots to remove frozen precipitation from public sidewalks touching their properties within six daylight hours of the end of the accumulation. Residents are also asked to clear snow in front of fire hydrants.

For more information on the city’s snow and ice storm protocol, call the Public Works Department at 860-826-3480 or visit .

For updates on the parking ban, go to .

The Public Works Department’s full fleet of 20 trucks will be used during the storm, Stewart said, along with machines that clear sidewalks.

During a snowstorm, the department divides the more than 170 miles of city streets into 17 snow routes. Depending on the severity of the storm, it can take up to eight hours to clear all streets. Snow operations often continue for up to 24 hours after precipitation has stopped.

The cold weather has been affecting schools all week. On Wednesday, Smalley Elementary School was closed after burst pipes were discovered in the morning. Lincoln Elementary School and Smalley were closed Tuesday due to boiler-related issues.

At Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent Nancy Sarra said custodians will be coming into their schools one hour early for the foreseeable future to check on the boilers before students arrive.

Eversource has been keeping an eye on the storm and has readied its line crews, street crews and staff.

Spokeswoman Tricia Taskey Modifica said customers should have a storm kit of water, food, medications and flashlights handy, and keep cellphones and other devices fully charged in case power goes out.

If using a generator, make sure to follow instructions and have it outside or properly ventilated, she added.

Customers are asked to report power outages ot Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 or and not assume a neighbor has already done so.

The state Department of Transportation has 634 state trucks and about 200 private contractors on call.

Residents seeking a place to stay warm during the day can use the Senior Center on Pearl Street or the New Britain Public Library during normal operating hours.

Those seeking additional shelter or other assistance are advised to call 211 or visit .

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:07. Updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:09.