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Snow Could Slow Down Morning Commute

Some wet, wintry weather and freezing temperatures have closed schools Friday morning and could slow down the morning commute.

The National Weather Service said Friday that a total accumulation of about half an inch fell before 7 a.m. in Hartford, with an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches in the Northern part of the state.

“Snow will come to an end behind an arctic front this morning. Temperatures will fall into the 20s by 7 a.m.. The combination of light snow already fallen and potential icing will lead to hazardous travel on untreated surfaces. Travelers are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations this morning,” the NWS said.

As of 6 a.m., snow had stopped falling in Hartford, but roads were wet and cars were covered in frozen precipitation.

Crews were out salting the roadways and sidewalks, as temperatures lingered below freezing.

Hartford Public Schools delayed school opening, as did West Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield and East Hartford. Numerous districts also canceled for the morning.

In Tolland County, emergency services have been working since dawn to clear multiple crashes in Willington and Ellington.

About 2 to 3 inches of wet, heavy snow fell in the area throughout the early hours of the morning.

Officials said one victim was taken to Windham hospital after hitting a utility pole on Willington Hill Road just after 3 a.m. Officials said they also cleared a crash on Tolland Turnpike in Willington just before 4:30 a.m.

In Ellington, another driver hit a utility pole on Main Street near the public library, officials said.

Another crash involving a tractor trailer on I-84 Eastbound near exit 71 has slowed traffic officials said.

Skies are expected to clear Friday afternoon making way for a sunny Saturday with a high of 29 degrees and a low of 23 degrees.

Superbowl Sunday could see some snow in Hartford area. The National Weather Service said there is a 70 percent chance of snow and rain before 1 p.m. Sunday and overnight into Monday morning.

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