Day After Nor'easter May Bring More Snow, Weather Service Says

The National Weather Service is warning people to watch for some more snow Wednesday as they recover from the third nor’easter in less than two weeks.

The service warned that snow squalls and brief, heavy snow showers are possible across much of southern New England late Wednesday afternoon and overnight. A very quick coating of up to 3 inches is possible.

“These showers and squalls will lead to rapidly changing driving conditions, with slippery roads, reduced visibility and gusty winds,” the service said in an alert.

Snow blanketed the state on Tuesday, but really buried eastern Connecticut, with some towns getting 20 inches of snow. On Wednesday, some schools — mostly in the east — delayed classes.

Schoolchildren across the state got a whole day off Tuesday, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy closed state offices and told nonessential first-shift employees to stay home. When the storm began to let up Tuesday afternoon, Malloy ordered second-shift employees to go to work.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the snow had stopped falling over western Connecticut and was winding down in central Connecticut, but eastern Connecticut still had a long way to go, said Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center.

The snow totals ranged from a few inches to more than 20.

Windham and New London counties got the most snow and Norwich appears to have led the state at 20.5 inches, Lessor said. East Killingly got 20.1 inches, Sprague got 20 inches, North Stonington 18.5, Eastford 18, Waterford and Chaplin 17.5, Danielson 17, Ledyard Center 16.5 inches, and 16.2 inches in Pomfret.

Closer to Hartford, snow totals were less. Manchester got 4.8 inches, Enfield 2.9 inches, Somers 6.2, Farmington 5.4, Granby 8, Canton 9, Tolland 10.1 inches, Burlington 11, Columbia 7.8, Bradley International Airport 5.3 and Wethersfield 4 inches.

In western Connecticut, Newtown got 10.8 inches, Easton 9.5, and Oxford 9. m.

As of 8 p.m., Eversource was reporting about 2,600 outages concentrated along the Rhode Island border. By 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, that number was down to 1,193, less than 1 percent of the power company’s customers.

Although several communities imposed parking bans to make it easier for town crews to clear snow, the snow was so light in West Hartford that the parking ban there was lifted about 2 p.m. Other communities, including New Haven, also ended parking bans early. Hartford ended its ban at 5 p.m., three hours earlier than scheduled.

West Hartford Public Works Director John Phillips described the accumulation as "real fine, sugary snowflakes.”

Malloy suggested employers allow their employees to work from home Tuesday or alter their hours if possible. Many people took his advice and stayed home, but there were some who ventured out.

Keyue Luo, a 23-year-old law student from China, spent the Tuesday of her spring break at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford working on a paper for her law classes. She said she took the bus from Hartford and noticed there weren’t as many riders as usual.

Jordan Abbott, a West Hartford mom of three, spent the morning at Barnes & Noble in Blue Back Square with her 2-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. This is the seventh snow day for her two oldest children, she said.

“I know we’ll be stuck inside for the rest of the day so I wanted to get them moving around, looking at books,” Abbott said.

Bradley International Airport said it was open, but that 75 percent of Tuesday’s flights had been canceled. People planning to fly were urged to check the status of their flight with their airline. Amtrak suspended service between Boston and New York’s Penn Station on Tuesday, although trains continued to run on Metro-North.

By Wednesday afternoon, the airlines were back on track, with only a small number of cancellations and delays possible, spokeswoman Alisa D. Sisic said.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines regarding their individual flight itineraries and rebooking options before heading to the airport. Travelers also should give themselves extra time because the airport is expecting a higher volume of passengers Wednesday due to storm-related rebookings, she said.

Looking ahead, Lessor said it’s not clear if this will be the last snowfall of the winter.

“Do I think this is the last snow event? … We are looking at colder than normal conditions for the next two weeks,” he said. “Though we don’t see any snowstorms in the near future, it’d be too early to say we are out of the woods.”

Courant staff writers Mikaela Porter and Christine Dempsey contributed to this story.

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