The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning ahead of an impending snowstorm that could bring more than a foot of snow Friday night into Saturday.
The warning starts at 7 p.m. Friday evening and lasts through 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
The storm will begin just before midnight and last through Saturday evening, Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said Friday. Some places in the state could see up to three inches an hour and there could be blizzard conditions, he said. Total snow accumulation will be between 14 to 24 inches, Lessor said. The snow will be fluffy due to the cold temperatures, he said.
Some eastern areas of the state could see more than 24 inches if heavier bands come through the state, Lessor said. Temperatures Friday night will be in the low to mid-teens and on Saturday will be in the upper teens to low 20’s. Saturday night temperatures with the wind chill will be between zero to 10 degrees below zero, Lessor stated.
The storm should end by Saturday evening. Sunday should be sunny and breezy with temperatures in the mid 20’s. Temperatures will continue to rise next week, reaching 40 degrees by Wednesday and potentially 50 degrees by Thursday or Friday.
The storm will make travel difficult to impossible, with visibilities reduced to ¼ of a mile or less at times on Saturday. If you must travel, the NWS advises keeping a flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
“All things considered, we are in good shape,” Howard Weissberg, director of Meriden’s Public Works Department, said Friday afternoon. “We have a full, healthy staff, 26 trucks ready to roll with support fleet in good shape, a full salt shed, and we pre-treated the roads this morning. A parking ban is set to go into effect at 8pm tonight.”
Weissberg said residents can help by keeping fire hydrants visible and catch basins clear as much as possible. He also reminded residents not to shovel, blow or plow snow into the road because it can create a hazard for plow drivers and others on the road.
Area towns began issuing parking bans ahead of the storm. In Meriden, the ban on street parking begins at 8 p.m. Friday evening. The city provides off street parking at Columbus Park (Lewis Ave.), Washington Park (Liberty St.), Ceppa Field (Gale Ave.), Jack Barry Little League Field (Britannia St.), City Park (Park Ave/Bunker Ave/Warren St), Municipal Lot (East Main St at St Casimir Drive), 79 Miller St. (across from Library next to Mr. Taco) and 13 Orange St. (across from old hospital).
Southington issued a parking ban that will go into effect at midnight Friday and run until noon on Sunday, police said. The ban also extends to municipal lots.
Just before 7 p.m. Friday Governor Ned Lamont issued an order banning tractor trailers from traveling on limited access highways in the state. The order goes into effect at 3 a.m. Saturday and will be in effect until further notice. The restriction does not apply to tractor trailers and tandem trailers carrying emergency supplies necessary for responding to the pandemic, including vaccines, testing supplies, medications, or those supporting operations that provide critical services or supplies to the public, such as fuel, medical supplies and food.