Published February 15. 2014 11:00AM Updated February 15. 2014 10:39PM
Steady snowfall that began around noon Saturday and continued into evening led to slick, slippery road conditions that caused dozens of minor car accidents and traffic tie-ups but no major issues.
Throughout the region, police reported numerous weather-related accidents, most involving cars sliding off roadways. Two of the accidents occurred on Interstate 395, resulting in lane closings early in the evening. The first happened at about 5 p.m. near Exit 80 on the southbound side, when a pickup truck lost some of its load and dumped it onto the roadway, police said. At about 6:15 p.m., a tractor-trailer got stuck near Exit 79 on the northbound side. No one was injured in either accident, police said.
In Ledyard, there were several accidents on Indiantown Road at around 5 p.m. One person sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, emergency officials said.
In New London, traffic was slowed on Interstate 95 in the early evening by an accident near Exit 82. State police said no further information was available Saturday evening. On Jefferson Avenue, two people were taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries after a minor two-car crash at about 5 p.m.
Southeastern Connecticut shoreline towns could expect to see 5 to 8 inches of new snow accumulation by the time the snowfall tapered off around midnight, Gary Lessor, meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center, said Saturday evening. Inland communities will see about 4 to 7 inches of total accumulation, he said.
Wind gusts will be 40 mph through this morning, and about 30 mph during the day. Wind chills will be about zero degrees in the morning and in the teens during the day.
Another storm expected to arrive Monday night into Tuesday morning is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional snow before temperatures rise into the 40s on Wednesday, Lessor said.
Most municipalities in the region instituted parking bans Saturday, many of which remain in place this morning.
And while towns and cities throughout the state earlier in the week had warned of a shortage of road salt, municipalities such as New London were able to treat the roads with last-minute supply boosts from the state.
New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said the city received an additional 178 tons of salt from the state, which, combined with the 50 tons remaining after the last snowstorm, was expected to be enough to get the city through Saturday’s storm. However, if snow accumulations tracked toward the higher end of forecasts, the storm would exhaust the salt supply, he said.
The city is now over its snow removal budget, Finizio said — a deficit that officials will address when the season has passed.