Following are recent updates as highway crews and first responders deal with effects of the heavy, wet snow that at times earlier this morning was reportedly falling at the rate of an inch per hour:
• Strong winds are expected to pose the next challenge as snow exists the region — for a period anyway. A northeast wind between 28 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph, is expected to start hitting the area soon. High winds are expected to continue through the day Friday. See full forecast below.
• As of 1 p.m. highway crews around the region appeared to be focusing much of their efforts on clearing storm drains in an attempt to get as much water off the roads as possible before temperatures drop again tonight. Crews across the region are reporting areas of standing water, making driving difficult and posing the potential for icy conditions later. The combination of heavy, wet snow and the rain that followed is making snow removal work more challenging.
• Pawcatuck fire marshal Kevin Burns has been called to the area Downer and Richmond streets for a utility pole described as being “compromised.”
Wires have been pulled away from a house in the area of the intersection. As of 11:40 p.m. CL&P had been contacted to make repairs.
• In Hopkinton, road crews are reporting that snow accumulations on Woodville-Alton Road are creating hazardous driving conditions. There is concern that the and is in bad
• For a short time the Pell Bridge had been closed by RI State Police. The span was closed for about 10 minutes from 11:40 to just after 11:50. It was unclear the reason for the closure.
Early this morning, a radio dispatch from Hopkinton indicated 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 up to 8 inches of snow, 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 was 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.
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