The day began with a New England storm warning, but the first snowstorm of the season turned out to be a mild one, at least in Southeast Connecticut and Rhode Island, with snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in the forecast. The State Police in Connecticut said they had responded to more than 200 accidents, with 19 injuries, during the day. Locally there were several accidents and reports of downed utility poles, in North Stonington and Pawcatuck, and officials noted that the roads were getting icy.
In Westerly, a parking ban went into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday, and numerous events across the region were canceled through the weekend.
Bill Simpson, a spokesman for the National Weather Service, called it a “garden variety” storm in a phone Saturday afternoon. “This is not a typical nor’easter where you can get a band of snow with 2 to 3 inches per hour, this is more like a steadier, prolonged event,” he said. “For Westerly, it could be snowing very lightly through tomorrow morning.” The winter storm warning was lowered to an advisory for all areas except Northeast Connecticut and Northwest Rhode Island.
Temperatures were expected to rise to about 40 degrees on Sunday, and the roads were expected to be clear, Simpson said.
“This is the first event of the season, so most roads have been treated already,” he said. “Even though it’s going to drop below freezing, the pavement should be dry tomorrow.”
One of the casualties of the storm was Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's annual holiday open house. The executive residence was scheduled to be open to the public on Saturday but parking bans were imposed on all streets in Hartford and West Hartford on Saturday, so the event had to be canceled because of a lack of available parking.