Gov. Lamont: 'Use Caution with Season's First Winter Storm'

Daniela Doncel
December 01, 2019 - 8:23 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Governor Ned Lamont urges Connecticut residents and visitors to be careful on the road as the first winter storm of the season hits the state.

In a statement, Lamont said, "If you don't need to head out tonight, try to stay in. If you must travel, use caution, drive slow, and if you see a plow truck on the road, do not pass them and leave them enough space to allow them to do their jobs."

With a snow storm traveling across the Northeast, the National Weather Service issued a winter advisory for the state that runs from Sunday through Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock. 

According to the WTIC Weather Center, the storm will be mostly snow, though there will be periods of freezing rain and sleet Sunday evening. The center reports a total snow accumulation of four to eight inches. 

Lamont said, "While it might get a bit nasty out at times, we appear to be dodging the brunt of this storm as it moves a bit more to the north and northwest than originally anticipated. Still, we are urging everyone to use caution, especially considering this is the first significant snowfall of the season."

With the storm, several Connecticut towns have placed parking bans. The towns of Vernon, Plainfield, East Hartford, Plainville and Bloomfield have instituted a parking ban on public streets until Tuesday, December 3. The city of Hartford has yet to impose a parking ban as of early Sunday afternoon. 

The city of Hartford has opened the Arroyo Recreation Center as a warming center. According to Hartford police, the center remains open for those in need until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 3. The Arroyo Recreation Center is located in the city at 30 Pope Park Drive.

Lamont says the staff of the state Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the storm beginning early Monday morning and respond accordingly.

For more on the latest weather updates, visit the WTIC Weather page.​