At least two people died in car accidents Wednesday as another powerful storm rocked the state, dumping several inches of snow on some towns - particularly those in the southwest part of Connecticut - and snarling afternoon commutes on many highways.
Just as CL&P was completing the last power restorations in Connecticut from Sandy, the newest storm hit Connecticut, beginning Wednesday morning. It snowed throughout the day, most heavily along the shoreline and southern interior portions of the state, and overnight.
CL&P reported two customers out of power in Groton this morning. Joseph Sastre, director of the Groton Department of Emergency Management, said Wednesday night that a utility crew from Oklahoma, called in by CL&P, was staged in the public works parking lot in case of power outages.
CL&P officials on Wednesday said they were prepared to react to this latest storm and had opened the company's emergency operations center at its Berlin headquarters. As of this morning CL&P was reporting 602 customers without power.
Many across the state today awoke to a winter wonderland, school delays or school cancellations.
Two people died in separate car accidents during the day Wednesday, one in Lebanon when a car flipped over, the other on Route 20 in East Granby, according to reports from the Hartford Courant and Granby-East Granby Patch.
The eastbound lanes of Route 2 in Marlborough were shutdown for hours late Wednesday afternoon when a tractor trailer truck jackknifed between exits 13 and 16. Some Hartford commuters reported being stuck on the highway for more than an hour as police diverted traffic off Exit 12 in Marlborough or Route 13 in East Hampton. That put commuters on snow-covered secondary roads where they slipped and slid or got stuck on unplowed back roads.
The National Weather Service today issued an advisory for the Connecticut coastline, as well as Middlesex county towns, saying that temperatures will rise and the regions will see a mix of rain and sleet this morning before changing over to all rain.
"Little additional accumulation of snow is expected before the changeover ... however, roads will remain slick and driving conditions treacherous," the advisory said. "Motorists are advised to exercise caution and drive slowly through the morning commute."
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 40s today, the service said.