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Hartford Issues Parking Ban

HARTFORD — Facing about almost one-foot of snow in some parts of central Connecticut, Hartford officials on Saturday issued a level-two parking ban for the entire city.

Depending on the circumstances, the parking ban may be extended beyong Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, city officials aid.

A LEVEL 2 ban parking means that all parking on city streets is banned. And vehicles parked on a city street are subject to tag and tow.

City residents may park their cars, during this parking ban, in any Board of Education, Public School parking lot. You are requested to park in a group away from the school building. Motorist parking in public school lots are responsible for the removal of their vehicle at the termination of the parking ban.

This is necessary in order to clear the school lots, officials said.

Property owners and occupants: please be reminded to shovel the sidewalk and walkways— including curb cuts— for pedestrian safety. Please do not shovel or plow the snow back into the street from your driveway or sidewalk.

According to the latest weather forecast Saturday evening, snow will be heavy at times with almost an inch of snow fall per hour. Steady snows are possible through midnight before they begin to wind down after midnight. A flurry or light snow shower cannot be ruled out overnight and through tomorrow morning. Expect storm totals to range from up to 8 inches and watch out for refreeze overnight in areas that stop snowing as lows will drop into the 20’s tonight.

Total Snow Accumulation: 4-8 inches.

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City Focuses On Clearing Roads

HARTFORD– Residents on neighborhood side streets should expect to see crews clearing snow, city officials said this afternoon.

In a statement released to the press today, officials said Department of Public Works crews are now focusing on secondary roads in Hartford to plow and clear away snow in each neighborhood.

The statement continued: The primary focus had been emergency routes and main arteries for the purpose of public safety.  Plow trucks will return to these areas after the storm totally subsides.

As a result of the fast moving second-half of this double barrel storm— that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the city and region— and the ability of our crews to keep pace of this latest blast of winter, the parking ban in the City of Hartford has changed and will now end sooner— at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday. This is seven hours earlier than originally planned.

If you have your vehicle parked in one of the Hartford Public School parking lots, you are asked to move it within one hour of the end of the parking ban.  This will enable clean-up crews to clear away the snow and ice from the lots in anticipation of school being in session tomorrow (Thursday, February 3) and so that staff and students can start classes safely and on time.

Property owners are reminded of their responsibility to shovel walkways, sidewalks, driveways, and curb-cuts so that pedestrians can travel safely.  Please also remove snow from around fire hydrants.

The Hartford Fire Department is out in force doing this, but assistance and patience from the public is greatly appreciated.  Also, we value the cooperation of business owners who shovel the area around a bus shelter located on their property.

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Hartford Braces For Another Snow Storm, Depleted Budget

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  Again, city officials are asking residents to remove left over snow from last week because another snow storm and sleet will blanket Hartford on Tuesday.

Weather officials across the state are sounding the alarm.

They said snow, sleet, freezing rain and will begin to fall on Tuesday morning and continue well into Wednesday night.

The snow could be light to moderate at times, with about 3 and 6 inches across the state, according to weather reports. The snow will fall throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Forecasters said the precipitation may taper off on Tuesday night before returning on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, city officials said they were ready for the impending storm.

According to a release from the mayor’s office, DPW crews will start to pre-treat and plow.  As many as 40 city vehicles are available for snow removal, including converted sanitation trucks.

In addition, Tuesday’s trash and recyclable pick-up schedule is on.  However, Wednesday’s is still to be determined depending on the intensity of the storm.

A parking ban is expected; exact hours will be announced.

Mayor Pedro Segarra said earlier in a statement that the snow removal budget of $730, 206 is now down to less than $200,000. This includes work done today to clear snow along Park Street between Main Street and Park Terrace; Blue Hills Avenue Commercial District; and opening lanes along Homestead Avenue and American Row.

The city also released shelter update:

Immaculate Conception (860-724-4823) at 560 Park Street is open, as is McKinney Shelter (860-722-6922) at 34 Huyshope Avenue.

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Malloy Urges Caution With Commute

HARTFORD —  Following a conference call earlier this morning, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor power outages and road conditions as this messy storm continues to move through Connecticut.

In addition,  Malloy has scheduled another call with key commissioners, including those at the Departments of Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Transportation, Public Health, and Administrative Services, as well as the Military, at 11:30 a.m., to further assess the situation.  

“I am urging everyone to take it slow on the roads, and if you don’t have to go out, please consider staying home until the plows have a chance to get through our roads following the morning commute,” said  Malloy. “We are closely monitoring the situation and will make any necessary decisions in terms of staggered release or other actions later this morning. But in the meantime, please be safe and mindful of the elements at hand.” 

Malloy also urged Connecticut residents to alert authorities to any drooping power lines and be mindful of snow piled up on flat surfaces, which will continue to get heavier as rain and ice are added on top.

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City Gears Up For Snow Storm

HARTFORD — The city and state is gearing up for the pending “wind-driven” snow storm set to hit the Greater Hartford area by midnight on Tuesday.

“Crews are ready and equipment is being prepped,” Mayor Pedro Segarra said in a press release. “We’re coordinating with the State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.”

See weather forecast here.

Segarra has also scheduled a press conference for today at 11 a.m. at City Hall to give updates.

In the meanwhile, city officials are asking residents to comply with several guidelines as they prepare for the snowstorm and the removal process.

Officials are asking residents to remove cars from the streets when a snowstorm is coming, especially during parking bans, when vehicles may be parked at public schools. Police are expected to tag vehicles left on the stress and may tow them.

Homeowners are required by city ordinances to clear sidewalks and wheelchair ramps within two hours after the end of the snowfall or three hours after sunrise if the snow fell during the night.

Officials are also asking residents to shovel snow to the back of the walk instead of into the street to reduce the amount of snow in the street and  to not shovel the snow into the street because it is illegal.

Emergency officials advise that residents stock up on necessary food, medical, and safety items like flashlights and batteries.

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Employers Stagger Early Releases as Storm Nears

HARTFORD — Gov. M. Jodi Rell this morning met with state police, emergency management, transportation and military officials to get an update on the winter storm approaching Connecticut then held conference calls with major Hartford-area employers to coordinate the staggered early release of state and private-sector workers.

The moves are intended to avoid gridlock and help Department of Transportation snowplows keep roads and highways clear, according to a press release from Rell’s office.

By late morning, the snowfall was already affecting driving conditions in Fairfield County and along the Interstate 95 corridor,  Rell said in a press release earlier. The storm did not arrive in central Connecticut as quickly as forecasters first expected – but it is moving north at a steady 20 mph or so, and by early afternoon the predictions call for a snowfall of up to 3 inches an hour.

As a result, all non-emergency Hartford city employees will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. today and City Hall will be closed, according to the Mayor of Hartford’s city spokeswoman, Sarah Barr.

However, all required personnel, including but not limited to Public Works, Public Safety and Emergency Services and Telecommunications employees in the city will be required to work and report as regularly scheduled.

“The priority for every employer is safety first,” Rell said.

Rell also said employers who are releasing their workers early have agreed to begin a methodical release of staff between noon and 1 p.m.

One third of workers will be released at noon, another third at 12:30 p.m. and the last third at 1 p.m. This will avoid a mass exodus that ties up the highways while getting people home safely before the worst of the storm hits Greater Hartford.

During a briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), agency heads advised Governor Rell that a brief lull in the snowfall experienced in central Connecticut during the late morning was due to a mass of dry air that crossed the state. That dry air caused the heaviest snowfall to arrive later in the day than originally expected.

The latest snowfall predictions call for coastal Connecticut to feel the brunt of the storm, with projected accumulations of up to 16 inches. As much as a foot of snow is expected from Danbury to Middletown, while the Hartford area could receive 8 inches to 10 inches and northern Connecticut is expected to see around 6 inches.

The DOT worked Tuesday evening to pretreat roads in advance of the storm and has all of its snowplows and contractor plows activated. As a result of the early releases, CT Transit buses are running an early, supplemental service.

Rell has ordered a partial activation of the EOC, located in the William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford. Agencies including the DOT, the Connecticut State Police, the Military Department and the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will be monitoring the storm.

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