Snow on the way Wednesday night into Thursday morning

Published on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:09
Written by Michelle France


A light, fluffy snowfall is expected to start during the evening commute Wednesday and taper off around 7 a.m. Thursday morning, according to WFSB’s Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

Snow total estimates are expected to be between 2 to 5 inches in the New Britain region. Patchy light snow will develop Wednesday evening, however the snow will not take full effect until later in the evening. There will be minimal impact on Wednesday evening’s commute, according to DePrest.

Steadier snow will start ending statewide around 7 a.m. The snow is more likely to affect Thursday morning’s commute. Drivers should be cautious as ice could form underneath the snow, said DePrest.

“We are not expecting a big storm. It will be one of the few pure snowfalls we’ve had this winter,” said DePrest.

Temperatures will range from 20 to 30 degrees, according to WFSB.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Hartford County from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. They predict a 70 percent chance of snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow may cause travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving, according to the website.

The Southington Assistant Superintendant of Highways, Gabe Calandra, says they will check the forecast in the morning and make a decision whether or not they will pre-treat the roads.

“As long as we have it on the ground a few hours before it will be good,” he said.

Southington has a total of 15 workers on 15 routes driving six wheel dump trucks. They have 15 additional plow drivers working in smaller trucks. Trucks are checked for maintenance a day or two in advance to make sure they are ready to go and in good working order, according to Calandra.

New Britain’s Public Works Department is considering a standard winter storm operation, according to the mayor’s office.

The New Britain Public Library will serve as a warming center between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Senior Center will also be open from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the New Britain Police Department lobby is open 24/7. Individuals can get warm in the lobby and ask for assistance in connecting with 211 for longer term needs.

So far, no school districts in the immediate area have cancelled classes and cities and towns have not issued parking bans.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:09. Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:11.