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Continuing snowfall brings cancellations, parking bans, and light accumulation totals to area

Continuing snowfall brings cancellations, parking bans, and light accumulation totals to area

There won't be much to remember about the season's first winter storm — except that its arrival brought the cancellation of after-school sports and other activities in school districts throughout greater Meriden.

Several local municipal meetings were also called off Monday night.

Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, expected by the time the last of the snowflakes reaches the ground on Tuesday morning, the total accumulation would be around two to five inches throughout most communities from North Haven to Southington.

Lessor forecast the precipitation would become mostly light snow, which would continue throughout Monday night and taper off around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“It's pretty much going to be snow now. The cold air has moved in a lot,” Lessor said.

As of around 1 p.m. Monday, after about a day's worth of precipitation that had included snow, ice and freezing rain, the area so far had seen less than an inch of the white stuff on the ground. Across the state, North Granby had reported the largest snow accumulation thus far, with about 8.7 inches, Lessor said.

Officials advised residents to plan for the snow to continue throughout their afternoon and evening commutes on Monday.  

“We’ve been out since yesterday dealing with snow, sleet, and ice in various capacities across the state,” said Kevin Nursick, spokesman for the Department of Transporation.

As DOT plows continue to work clearing highways, Nursick urged drivers not to tailgate or attempt to pass plow trucks and to stay several hundred feet away from crews.

The snowfall had begun on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, a day transportation officials noted traditionally sees high traffic volume.  Officials urged those traveling home to factor in slow driving times and weather into their commute plans. 

Nursick said there were not as many accidents as DOT officials had expected could happen. 

In Wallingford, the Public Utilities meeting was canceled. In Meriden, the City Council meeting and the swearing-in ceremony for the new City Council at Platt High School were both  canceled.

In Cheshire, the School Modernization Committee Meeting was canceled and will be rescheduled, said Assistant Town Manager Arnett Talbot. An organizational meeting for newly elected members of the Cheshire Town Council and the Board of Education was rescheduled to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.

In addition to the cancellation of after-school activities and meetings, local officials had also issued parking bans while the winter weather watch was in effect.

In Meriden, officials urged residents to utilize city-provided off-street parking lots to avoid being ticketed and towed. Those lots are at Columbus Park, Washington Park, Ceppa Field, Jack Barry Little League Field, City Park and the Municipal Lot on East Main Street.
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