Javier Lopez

First snowstorm dropped more than a half-foot, broke a record for Nov. 15

First snowstorm dropped more than a half-foot, broke a record for Nov. 15

The first snowstorm of the season dropped more than a half-foot of snow in much of the state, causing a nightmarish evening commute Thursday, delaying classes Friday and breaking a record.

The amount of snow that fell exceeded expectations, approaching a foot in places.

“Actual results were certainly much higher than predictions,” said Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist for the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center. “We were seeing snowfall rates of three, three-plus inches an hour. Fairfield County really got clocked.”

He said Bradley International Airport broke a Nov. 15 record for accumulation with 7.6 inches, topping a 1906 previous high of 5.2 inches....

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