About three inches of snow accumulated in the Meriden-Wallingford area Tuesday, leading to poor road conditions and multiple accidents.
Snow began to fall late Tuesday morning and changed over to sleet in the afternoon. Freezing rain fell Tuesday evening and was expected to switch over to rain after midnight, according to Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut University.
A mix of sun and clouds is expected today, with highs in the lower to mid 40s.
“That will help to melt the snow and ice,” Lessor said.
Temperatures throughout the rest of the week are expected to be in the 40s and even 50s.
“There’s no real cold air following the storm,” Lessor said.
Area public schools were closed Tuesday, and parking bans were issued in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Dwight Washington said state police responded to 102 accidents, 82 disabled motorists and received around 723 calls for service Tuesday.
The state Department of Transportation began pretreating the roads Monday. DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said a liquid salt brine solution was used on areas most susceptible to snow and ice accumulation.
“It helps us clean up faster when the storm stops and helps make the pavement smoother,” Nursick said.
Nursick said about 850 plow trucks were working to clear state roads.
Meriden Public Works Director Howard Weissberg said local plows were sent out when snow began to fall.
“Our goal is to plow curb to curb until the snow and ice stops,” Weissberg said.
A six-car crash closed a section of West Street near Interstate 84 in Southington about 11 a.m. The road reopened about 11:45 a.m. One person was taken to the hospital, according to Southington Fire Capt. Eddie Crandell.
“(We) responded to three other crashes,” Crandall said. “They were minor and were cleared quickly.”
In Wallingford, emergency crews responded to a pair of crashes on Interstate 91 south in the area of exit 14. One accident closed two lanes, and traffic delays were reported on both sides of the highway.
About noon, a rollover crash was reported prior to exit 5 on Interstate 691 east in Meriden. The right lane was closed.
Additional accidents were reported during the afternoon hours. Meriden police responded to seven crashes between noon and 5 p.m.
(Staff reporter Devin Leith-Yessian contributed to this story)
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