|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2011
STATE POLICE PREPARE FOR NEXT WINTER SNOWSTORM
The weather service is again forecasting a possible snow storm in Connecticut Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
During the heavy snow storm on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, many highways became extremely slippery. Vehicles trucks and passenger cars became disabled and unable to move, blocking all lanes of the road and preventing DOT trucks from treating and plowing the highways. Interstate 84 from the New York state line to the Southington area experienced very extensive delays during the storm. These delays caused motorists to be stranded for extended periods of time.
In anticipation of a possible repeat storm Tuesday night in Connecticut, the State Police have made preparations to attempt to keep all of the roads and highways open across the state by deploying State Police four-wheel-drive vehicles and have sufficient Troopers prepared to respond as needed. Off-duty Troopers and four-wheel-drive vehicles have been placed on stand-by in case they are required to accomplish our mission.
If this storm materializes in the State, the Connecticut State Police are recommending that motorists stay off the roads during the storm to prevent a repeat of traffic issues that we experienced during previous storms. Wreckers have also been put on standby to respond as necessary to clear any road blockages.
If it is necessary to go out during this anticipated storm, the Connecticut State Police recommend that you ensure that your vehicle is “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and proper wipers.
Additionally, it is suggested that if you must travel during the storm, provide your route of travel details to a family member or friend. Motorists are encouraged to check media reports prior to their departure to gather the latest updates on road conditions and possible closures.
Motorists should have a fully-charged cell phone, a bottle of water, nourishment bars and even a blanket in case of emergency. Motorists should pay close attention to weather reports and adjust travel times around the storm if possible.
Lt. J. Paul Vance