By Devin Leith-Yessian
WALLINGFORD — The Holiday Celebration on the Linear Trail has been postponed ahead of Sunday’s winter storm and public safety crews are advising residents to stay off the roads.
“I hope everybody is taking the storm seriously … it makes it more safe for the public if people heed the warnings and stay off the roads unless they have to” drive, said Wallingford Public Works Superintendent Steve Palermo.
The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee’s holiday celebration at Community Lake Park has been moved to its scheduled rain date of Jan. 4.
The storm is expected to bring between 3 to 7 inches of snow accumulation, mainly on Monday afternoon, said Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. Sunday’s weather will primarily be snow and sleet, the latter of which can bring even more hazardous conditions than snowfall.
“Ice storms are about as bad as you could get for travel,” Lessor said.
The sleet and snow are projected to begin early Sunday afternoon and transition into rain during the night. Light rain will continue Monday morning and transition into light snow in the afternoon, persisting into Tuesday morning. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 30 degrees during the day Sunday and rise into the low to mid 30s during the night.
Parking bans have been issued in Meriden, Southington and Wallingford. Meriden provides off-street parking at Columbus Park, Washington Park, Ceppa Field, Jack Barry Little League Field, City Park and the Municipal Lot on East Main Street.
Palmermo said all of Wallingford’s plow drivers and equipment will be out on the roads throughout the storm. He urged motorists to stay at least 100 feet behind plows to avoid debris they may kick up.
“We want to remind the residents to reduce their speed and give the plows plenty of room,” he said.