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One-to-four inches of snow could mean slippery Thursday commute

November 14, 2018

The first measurable snowfall will hit Connecticut Thursday and could affect the evening commute.

Snow is expected to start falling around noon, with the worst part of the storm coming in the afternoon and evening, said Bill Jacquemin, meteorologist with the Connecticut Weather Service.

Coastal areas, such as Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stamford and New Haven, are expected to see an inch. But inland towns could receive more, with one-to-three inches predicted in Danbury and one-to-four inches in New Milford, according to the Connecticut Weather Service.

But snow and sleet will likely turn to rain between 6 to 9 p.m.

Jacquemin said the evening commute could be slippery.

“Even though it’s not a tremendous amount, it’s ice, it is snow,” he said.

In anticipation, the state Department of Transportation is pre-treating “trouble spots” on roads on Wednesday, spokesman Kevin Nursick said. These trouble spots include bridges, hills and valleys that would be most affected by the snow, he said.

He said 634 state plow trucks are spraying a mixture of salt and water that will help the snow melt on the roadways faster.

“Being proactive like that can help,” Nursick said. “If we prevent even one crash, it pays for itself.”

He said storms where the state sees less snowfall can sometimes be more dangerous than major storms because drivers do not avoid the roads.

“Folks don’t take it seriously,” Nursick said. “It only takes a little bit to make the roads slippery and it’s going to be slippery [Thursday].”

Even worse, during the first storm of the season, residents are not accustomed to driving in the snow, he said.

“The motoring public in these first few storms is not in a winter weather driving mind set,” Nursick said. “We see it time and time again every single year the first few storms. You have crashes, spin-outs all over the place.”

He said the evening commute could further heighten the situation, so he urged residents to drive cautiously.

“All of these things are lining up to create a potential problem [Thursday],” Nursick said. “Even though it’s not a significant weather event, we want people to change gears mentally right now.”

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