Up to 10 inches of snow could accumulate by Tuesday afternoon, meteorologists say.
The storm is expected to start between 9 p.m. and midnight Monday, according to Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. The snow will stay light throughout the night, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation by Tuesday morning.
The snow will continue throughout Tuesday, tapering off between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The total accumulation is expected to be between 5 and 10 inches. Temperatures Monday night will be in the 30s.
Eversource Energy Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst said crews have been watching the incoming storm closely and are getting prepared to deal with more damage to the energy system.
“The previous storms have thoroughly saturated the ground and further weakened more trees, leaving them susceptible to possibly coming down on our lines in high winds,” Hayhurst said in a statement. “We have hundreds of employees ready to respond and will again have crews pre-positioned around the state well before the storm hits so we’re there when customers need us to safely and quickly restore power after an outage.”
During the latest storm last Wednesday, Eversource dealt with over 100,000 outages across the state. In Cheshire, nearly half the town was without power that night.
Tuesday’s nor’easter will be the third to hit Connecticut in less than two weeks.
Wallingford Public Works Director Henry McCully said it’s important for the department to keep its salt supply levels high when there are multiple consecutive storms in the area.
“When we have these storms it affects many, many communities,” McCully said. “Everyone's clamoring for salt.”
To ensure efficiency and safety, McCully said they also make sure their crews are well-rested and machines are working properly.
“Most of our men are seasoned veterans and they are very good at ‘hitting a long ball’ so to speak,” McCully said of the long hours snow clearing work. “They’ve been doing this many years, so they’re accustomed.”
The department employs more than 20 plow drivers and an additional sidewalk crew. A 16-hour shift could be broken up by only 4 hours of rest— the minimum required by state law — during a heavy storm.
For the state Department of Transportation, spokesman Kevin Nursick said this third consecutive storm won’t be a problem.
“It hasn’t been a severe winter,” Nursick said. “We’ve had other (seasons) that I think would be much more challenging.”
Nursick said the time between storms and lack of substantial snowfall has helped keep maintenance easier than past winters. The department has plenty of salt supplies and no concern of employee fatigue come time to clear Tuesday’s snow.
This storm is the worst-case scenario for timing, Nursick said, adding that it will impact morning commute and may affect the evening commute as well.
Parking bans have been issued in Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire and Southington. Each ban starts at midnight Monday night and lasts until 10 a.m. in Southington and midnight Wednesday night in Wallingford and Cheshire.