A lack of road salt across the region is posing a challenge for highways crews as they work to clear roadways during this latest storm.
A radio dispatch from Hopkinton early this morning indicates crews will be spreading sand only at the start of their clearing efforts as a way to preserve the salt they have on hand. State public works officials have indicated they will not be getting another delivery of road salt until sometime in March, according to the dispatch.
For our area, the storm is expected to result in 3 to 5 inches of snow, as a change to a snow and rain mix by around 11 a.m. before changing to all rain after 1 p.m., according to the The National Weather Service.
Patchy fog is possible this afternoon with a high temperature near 37.
A northeast wind of 14 to 23 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph is expected.
Tonight, rain will continue and possible mix with snow again in the overnight hours and patchy fog before likely with a low around 32.
The wind will continue to be strong, with sustained speeds of 13 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 36 mph.
Friday’s forecast calls for a chance of snow, mainly before 7 a.m., then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Sustained winds of 16 to 24 mph and gusts up to 39 mph will continue through Friday. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Northern Rhode Island could get up to 10 inches of snow by later today. Already more than two dozen flights have been canceled at T.F. Green Airport.
Bradley International Airport in Hartford is reporting more than 40 flight cancellations.
In Connecticut, tandem tractor-trailer trucks are banned from state highways today.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered the truck ban at 4 a.m. today. The opening of government offices has been delayed until 10 a.m. for non-essential workers.
Metro-North has reduced service to 75 percent of regular train runs.
Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating say they’re ready to restore any power outages.
The National Weather Service says 10 to 20 inches of snow could fall in northwestern Connecticut, while the rest of the state could see 6 to 12 inches.