Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Brace yourself.
About 12 inches of snow was predicted to arrive in Southern New England late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. But in the Greater Hartford area, up to 4 inches is expected—mostly after midnight.
Temperatures will be in the lows to mid 20s. Light and variable winds…becoming northeast around 5 mile per hour after midnight, according to the weather service.
The city of Hartford has announced a snow emergency parking ban for Hartford, beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and ending at 10 p.m. on Feb. 5.
“This heaviest precipitation from the storm is projected to hit during the morning rush hour, and brings considerable potential for icy conditions,” said Mayor Pedro Segarra. “I’m encouraging all Hartford residents to stay home if at all possible tomorrow. Keeping the streets clear will increase safety for everyone and make it easier for DPW and emergency responders to do their jobs.”
Officials said all Hartford Public Schools and the administrative office will be closed. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be open throughout the ban to monitor the storm, and the Hartford Fire Department will have increased staff on hand.
Also Gov. Dannel Malloy’s State of the State address, scheduled for Feb. 5, has been postponed until Feb. 6 at noon. Malloy’s address was to signal the start of the legislative session for 2014. The state as partially activated the state emergency operation to “to better coordinate a rapid response to any problems that may arise during the height of the storm.”
“Given the forecast over the next couple of days, I’ve asked legislative leaders to postpone the start of session until February 6,” Malloy said. “While I hope the storm is not as bad as the predictions suggest, I also don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way. I want to thank the leaders for accommodating this request.”
Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) agreed.
“Safety is first and foremost,” William said . “It makes sense to exercise caution and move opening day to Thursday given the blizzard-like conditions being predicted for tomorrow.”
During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. While the ban does not begin until 10pm today, City residents are encouraged to begin parking in snow emergency lots any time after 6pm. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:
- 2 Holcomb Street Lot
- Keney Park Entrance Lot—Ridgefield Street
- KDA Center Lot—Naugatuck Street
- Pope Park Center Lot—Park Terrace
- Metzner Center Lot—Franklin Avenue
- Colt Park Lot—Wawarme Avenue
- Elizabeth Park Lots
- Morgan Street Garage—155 Morgan Street
- All Hartford Schools Parking Lots
Residents should remove their vehicles from these lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. All vehicles remaining in Hartford Schools lots past the end of the ban will be subject to ticketing and towing.
“Given the forecast over the next couple of days, I’ve asked legislative leaders to postpone the start of session until February 6,” said Governor Malloy. “While I hope the storm is not as bad as the predictions suggest, I also don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way. I want to thank the leaders for accommodating this request.”
“Safety is first and foremost,” said Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn). “It makes sense to exercise caution and move opening day to Thursday given the blizzard-like conditions being predicted for tomorrow.”
“In consideration of the safety of everyone who will be participating and visiting, we have decided to delay the joint legislative session of the General Assembly by one day to Thursday, February 6,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden). “This decision was based on the latest forecast for a serious winter storm Wednesday, and is the prudent thing to do for the safety of all concerned.”