Snow brings slippery conditions to southeastern Connecticut

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It was finally beginning to look and feel like winter Saturday, with snow showers after weeks of unseasonably warm weather.

The slippery conditions led to accidents across the region.

In Norwich, a car slid through a fence and down an embankment off Cedar and Church streets about 4:30 p.m. and landed on its roof. Willy Andujar, who was out on School Street at the intersection with Cedar Street dealing with his own minor accident, said he witnessed the Ford Windstar skid in the snow and go over.

Police said the driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, had to be extricated and was taken to the William W. Backus Hospital.  Firefighters and American Ambulance crews performed the extrication, and the driver was conscious and alert. The severity of the person's injuries was not available.

State police also said they were responding to more accidents than in normal weather.

The snow was expected to fizzle out about midnight inland, said Gary Lessor, meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University. Along the coast it was forecast to transition to rain but low temperatures meant it was taking a while to do so, he said. Accumulation was anticipated to be about 2 to 4 inches across the region.

After the snow stops, temperatures were forecast to rise into the 40s overnight and into Sunday, Lessor said. But the warmth is not expected to last; he said an Arctic cold front would drag down temperatures in the early part of the week. 

Brian Sear, director of New London's Public Works Department, said crews went out about 3 p.m. to pre-treat the roads. Public works employees will continue to plow and stay on top of the snow, he said. He said Willetts Avenue near Howard Street is among a few "tough areas" in the city where roads are slick.

Norwich police sent out a reminder that city residents must park on the even-numbered side of streets during snowstorms to allow room for passing snowplows. Parking is prohibited on either side of the following streets: Old Cemetery Lane, North Cliff Street, Shetucket Avenue, Terrace Avenue, Fourth Street from Prospect to Gilmour streets, Fifth Street from Prospect to Page streets, Lake Street, Pond Street, Freeman Avenue, Boswell Avenue from Lake to Arnold streets, Sunnyside Avenue in the Laurel Hill area, Fairmont and Fountain streets from No. 16 to School Street, Summer Street, Center Street and Quarry Street.

Additionally, property owners and residents are responsible for removing snow, sleet, ice and sand from sidewalks abutting their property within 12 hours of the storm or six hours after sunrise following an overnight storm, police said in the news release. 

Day Director of Photography Sean D. Elliot contributed to this report.

j.bergman@theday.com

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