Residents in Connecticut woke up Sunday morning to a winter wonderland, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done before people can leave their homes and hit the road as Winter Storm Ashford makes its exit.
Snow from Ashford began early Saturday morning in Fairfield County, and by Saturday afternoon snow spread across the state with snowfall rates of up to two inches an hour in some spots.
"I love it," Sylvia Szarejko said. "It's supposed to be cold and windy and a lot of snow. That's what Christmas is all about."
Crews from the state Department of Transportation were out treating the state's roads, highways and interstates before the snow started to fall and are expected to continue to work into Sunday morning.
Anyone needing to drive Sunday is being reminded that many of the roads, especially side roads will be slick, and motorists are being asked to keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and to allow yourself extra travel time to get to your final destination safely.
"I've seen worse," Christain Rapp said. "Glad we didn't have 3 feet like last year."
Gov. Dannel Malloy warned residents Friday that driving conditions would be dangerous.
"Although this does not appear to be a major storm, it does have the potential to produce a significant amount of snowfall and create hazardous driving conditions," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in statement Friday.
As of Sunday afternoon, AAA reported more than 600 calls for emergency road service in the greater Hartford area as well as parts of eastern Connecticut. On Saturday, AAA reported more than 1,000 calls for towing, jump starts, and tire problems.
Four or five flights were canceled at Bradley International Airport for Saturday afternoon and evening, and crews were busy working to clear the airfield and terminal roadways of snow.
As of Sunday morning, more than 20 flights were canceled at BDL, and passengers expected to fly to or from the Windsor Locks airport are being asked to contact your airline directly to check the status before heading out onto the roads.
After midnight, snow changed to sleet and freezing rain, which made matters worse for drivers.
Ashford quickly began to exit the state Sunday morning, and by 6 a.m. the storm is expected to leave Connecticut borders and some parts of the state will even see some sunshine later in the day on Sunday.
Snow totals ranged from three to six inches of snow in southeastern Connecticut. Throughout central Connecticut four to eight inches of snow fell and in some parts of the Litchfield Hills, more than eight inches of snow fell.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:43:16 GMT
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