Special to The Herald
NEW BRITAIN - New Britain and surrounding communities are expecting snow late tonight and continuing through Thursday.
Scot Haney, meteorologist for WFSB-TV predicts 8 or more inches of snow for northeast and southeast Connecticut and 1 to 4 inches for the rest of the state.
City and state road crews are gearing up.
“Our Public Works Department will be staffing our snow operations center at City Yard, where workers will be able to monitor which roads have been plowed, where trucks are located, etc. The Public Works Department is working to ensure that the trucks are ready to go ahead of the storm,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “A full fleet of 20 trucks will be used, along with machines that are used for the sidewalks.”
As for a parking ban, Stewart said a determination on the imposition of one “has not yet been made and will not be made until the most up-to-date forecast is out.” She urged residents, “Stay tuned in to the news, city website, city social media pages and my social media pages, where information will be posted.”
According to Stewart, 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. If someone is seeking additional shelter or other assistance, they are advised to call 211 or visit www.211ct.org .”
The school superintendent’s office will be keeping an eye on the weather as well. Any school opening delays or cancellations will be communicated through the district-wide phone messaging system and on local media outlets.
“We encourage all parent and families to bundle up in case of any snow. The school dress code polices can also be reviewed on the district website,” said Paul Salina, chief operations officer for the superintendent’s office.
Regardless of how much snow falls, Dominick Moschini, superintendent of roadways in Plainville, assured his town’s residents that plows will be ready.
Lincoln and Smalley Elementary Schools were closed on Tuesday due to boiler-related problems from the extreme cold. At Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Nancy Sarra said custodians will be coming in to their respective schools one hour earlier for the foreseeable future to check on the boilers before students arrive.
Any New Britain residents who have their vehicles towed for being in violation of a parking ban can expect to pay a $99 fine. For more information, they are asked to contact the New Britain Police Department Traffic Division at 860-826-3070 or 860-826-3071.