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Wintry mess for parts of Connecticut


The northwest part of the state is under a winter weather advisory as crews in towns and cities deal with a wintry mix.

The cold rain changed to sleet and snow in the northwest hills Friday evening, said Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

Drivers will deal with slick roads, driveways and sidewalks through early Saturday morning.

Connecticut Department of Transportation was unable to pre-treat the roads throughout the state because they were too wet. 

Eyewitness News spotted some places along the Litchfield Turnpike that got a dose of salt. Crews were not wanting to fall behind as the temperatures drop.

DOT crews were being kept in the Litchfield Hills in anticipation of the wintry mix. Crews will be spread throughout the state Friday night into early Saturday morning, DOT officials said.

When it comes to accumulations, two to five inches of sleet and snow is expected in the Litchfield Hills with a coating to an one to two inches elsewhere. The shoreline of Connecticut will see little or no accumulation.

Motorists are being advised to monitor travel conditions and to take it slow on the state's roadways.

Most of the weekend will be fine for people who want to do some holiday shopping. However, residents must be ready because another storm is headed our way Sunday night and into Monday morning with another round of snow and ice.

The Home Depot in New Hartford was fully stocked with snow blowers and de-icers Friday night. Store employees said they were ready for whatever mother nature throws our way overnight.

"I am ready, bring it on," said Gary Carpenter of Torrington.

Travis Lipinski of Torrington had his big bucket of salt Friday night as he got ready to combat the snow headed his way. 

"We've had pretty good weather so far, so we need to get ready now because it's coming," Lipinski said.

Keep with Channel 3 Eyewitness News and for the latest on the weather.

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