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Snow, mixed precipitation making roads slick; some schools delayed

January 8, 2019

Some mixed precipitation is making for slippery road conditions across Connecticut Tuesday morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties until 1 p.m.

The advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.

“A light wintry mix is possible early this morning, with pockets of light freezing rain possible, before the precipitation gradually transitions to a light rain during the morning commute,” the National Weather Service says.

“Although accumulations are expected to be minimal, any ice can cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for the possibility ofslippery roads and locally reduced visibilities, and use cautionwhile driving.”

Road conditions vary across the state. Areas farther inland, and with higher elevation, will see up to an inch of snow. Along the shoreline, only a dusting is expected.

Major roads like I-84, I-95, I-91 and the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkway are in decent shape. State Department of Transportation crews are mainly using salt to treat the roads.

Secondary roads, especially hilly ones, could also be very slippery.

State Police advise drivers to reduce their speed and give plenty of distance between vehicles.

Just before 5 a.m., the state DOT reported no major accidents. For lastest road conditions, click here

The NWS says temperatures are expected to rise on Tuesday.

At 4:30 a.m., temperatures were a few degrees above freezing along the shoreline. Temperatures are about 10 degrees colder in the Northwest Connecticut towns of Litchfield, Torrington, Cornwall, Norfolk and Canaan.

The rain/snow line in Connecticut was about 25 miles away from the shoreline. Check the current radar, here

A number of school districts - mainly in the northern part of Connecticut - have delayed openings.

For an updated delayed school opening list, click here

The forecast

Tuesday: Rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 1 p.m., then a chance of drizzle after 2 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday night: Showers likely, mainly before 2 a.m. Patchy fog before 3 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a steady temperature around 41. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

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