Light snow adds to wintry atmosphere in New Britain

Published on Saturday, 30 December 2017 22:23
Written by Angie DeRosa


NEW BRITAIN - Residents woke up Saturday to light snow that continued through much of the day.

Although there wasn’t much snow, none of it melted and roads were still slick through the afternoon.

Accumulation in Central Connecticut varied from a coating to 3 inches.

State Trooper Kelly Grant said that, because the snow was not part of a major storm, accidents statewide were not tracked.

State police and the state Department of Transportation took to Twitter to report several accidents statewide.

New Britain police said they had responded to a couple of accidents, neither serious. There was also a crash on Interstate 84 eastbound in Plainville by Exit 34.

WFSB-TV3 reported that the Department of Transportation was unable to have trucks pre-treat roads before the snow because the salt brine would have frozen immediately after being applied, which would have led to icing.

Temperatures this week have fallen to the single digits, and a Cold Weather Protocol announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy is in effect through Tuesday.

Daytime temperatures in New Britain failed to reach 20 degrees. By nightfall, clouds cleared out and single-digit readings returned.

While many may have chosen to stay bundled up indoors, plenty of people were walking around New Britain Saturday.

At Walnut Hill Park, dozens of children were having snowball fights or sledding with their families.

Carman Rodriguez’s Puerto Rican family members were experiencing snow for the first time. Mirya Arroyo and her two children, Felix and Abdielo, took turns sledding down the hill, smiling and laughing the whole time.

“They love it. They’re having a ball,” said Rodriguez.

As soon as Kiante Macon saw the snow falling, he knew how he was going to spend the day with his 2-year-old daughter, Ava.

“I planned on sledding because of the joy it brings,” he said.

Macon added that he remembers how much fun sledding was for him as a kid, and wanted to share that experience with his daughter.

The cold weather will continue today, New Year’s Eve.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron of WFSB said highs will only be in the teens and the wind chill will be sub-zero throughout the day, with wind gusts as high as 40 mph.

For those planning to be outdoors, don’t let the sunshine fool you. By nighttime, temperatures again fall back into single digits and the wind chill will range from 5 to 25 degrees below zero.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Saturday, 30 December 2017 22:23. Updated: Saturday, 30 December 2017 22:25.