Higher temps, heavier snow

Higher temps, heavier snow


The snow that fell Monday was of a heavier consistency than that of previous storms this winter, said Gary Lessor, a meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University’s Weather Center.

Prior snowfall has been light and fluffy, but Monday’s accumulation was wet and heavy, he said.

Lessor said that it was hard to pinpoint how much snow fell Monday in Meriden, as reports ranged from 2.5 to 7.2 inches. He said 6.2 inches fell in Wallingford and 3.5 inches in Southington.

Driving conditions were very slick, but there will be a respite on Tuesday, as temperatures in the 30s will melt some of the snow, Lessor said.

Local police and fire departments reported accidents throughout the day and evening on Monday.

Meriden public safety units responded to about 18 accidents by 10 p.m., including a rollover on Hanover Avenue involving a Jeep that went off the road and ended up on its side in a ditch.

Wallingford emergency units responded to eight accidents during the day, including a sport utility vehicle rollover a mile north of Exit 65 on Route 15 South just before noon that sent a mother and two children to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Cheshire and Southington police reported 11 and 7 accidents, respectively, on Monday.

Lessor said the mid-state region will see another storm on Wednesday, which is forecast to begin with snow at daybreak, before turning to sleet and freezing rain. The storm should dissipate during the afternoon, he said.

Another storm will hit the area Sunday night and Monday, which will mostly consist of snow, with some sleet and freezing rain, Lessor said.

It will not be as bitterly cold as it was in earlier storms, he said.

Lessor said the region can expect five significant storms in the next 16 days, according to the long-range forecast.

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