Area schools dismiss early Wednesday, between 3 and 6 inches of snow forecast

Area schools dismiss early Wednesday, between 3 and 6 inches of snow forecast

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Local schools dismissed early Wednesday with 3 to 6 inches of snow forecast to accumulate by Thursday morning.

Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said snow will accumulate in the late afternoon and early evening hours.

Snow will continue through the night before tapering off early Thursday morning.

“It’s highly unusual to have four nor’easters in 20 days,” Lessor said.

Schools in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire dismissed early Wednesday, and parking bans have been issued in each town.

The numerous storms have been caused by a dome of high pressure in eastern Canada forcing storms to move toward the mid-Atlantic and New England.

“Everything is being funneled to the same location,” Lessor said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center at 2 p.m. to monitor storm conditions. He urged drivers to stay off the roads during the evening hours.

Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst said the company has prepared for possible outages if gusts bring trees and limbs down on power lines.

“We are closely monitoring the weather forecast. The expected snow can weigh down tree limbs already weakened from previous storms, leaving them susceptible to coming down in high winds and damaging our equipment,” he said “We have hundreds of employees ready to respond and will have crews prepositioned around the state before the storm hits so we’re there when customers need us to safely and quickly restore power in case of any outages.”

Meriden Associate City Engineer Brian Ennis said all public works department “are getting loaded up with salt.”

The warmer temperatures accompanying the recent storms have enhanced the city’s road salt’s capacity to keep the roads clear of ice and snow.

Ennis said he doesn’t expect the city to bring in on-call contractors to supplement the 22 municipal plows which will be on the streets.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick said the frequency of the storms this month hasn’t posed a challenge for the department. He said they are typically able to rebound from a storm and be ready for another within 24 hours.

The state DOT has 634 plow trucks and 200 private contractors ready to clear snow from roads.

“In the last storm it was coming down pretty just never accumulated on the roads,” he said. “One way or another, it’s not sticking around long.”


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