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Road conditions worsen as snow continues to fall

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Drivers were advised to use caution as road conditions worsened Tuesday during the evening commute.

All 632 trucks for the Connecticut Department of Transportation were out applying material and plowing across the state to help improve road conditions.

The state brought in an additional 175 contractor plow trucks, so there are more than 800 trucks on the state roads.

DOT officials said the morning commute had few problems, but they were worried about the afternoon and evening rush at this point.

"If you don't need to go out, then don't go out; stay in the house," said Jerry Norfleet of Middletown. 

With reduced visibility in some areas, many drivers were advised to cut their speeds from 65 mph to 35 mph.

"I am asking everyone to take it slow as you head out for your afternoon commute," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement Tuesday.

The Connecticut State Police responded to 96 crashes with seven injuries reported Tuesday. Troopers were reporting multiple spinouts and accidents everywhere.

DOT officials said the concern is as the temperature dips, some of the snow will turn to ice.

"Stay slow and don't be in a rush and watch everything around you," said driver Matt Malott.

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Malloy had the state's Emergency Operations Center partially activated on Tuesday afternoon to monitor storm conditions across Connecticut.

"This will allow us to quickly respond to any problems that may arise as a result of today's storm," Malloy said in the statement.

The partial activation of the center means only a few agencies including the DOT and emergency management are inside the state armory where staff are watching weather maps and the roads carefully.

Scott DeVico, who is the legislative program manager from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said at this time, there is no plan for a truck ban or closure of state roads.

"But as we asses the situation,  if we need to asses the situation moving forward we will," DeVico said.

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Winter weather advisories were issued for the state and will be in effect until 6 p.m. in anticipation of the quick-hitting storm.

The storm could drop up to 6 inches of snow when the storm exits the state by late Tuesday afternoon, just days after Winter Storm Ashford brought snow to the state. 

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Many people were concerned about the side roads as well as the highways.

"It's starting to get bad, it's starting to pile up as you can see," said contractor Mario Molina.

In Wetherfield, mother nature gave an early holiday present to private contractors such as Joshua Viola.

"It's been pretty crazy. It's been intense," Viola said. "We went out about 7 this morning to treat all the parking lots with salt. Then once it was coming down, sticking, we were out again scraping and salting. "

For Viola, he said the big priority was clearing parking lots because of the rush of holiday shoppers.

"You don't want anybody slipping and falling," Viola said. "You don't want anybody to slip into things, that's the biggest concern."

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At least one flight has been canceled at Bradley International Airport on Tuesday with three more being delayed.

Airport officials said crews were out working and were clearing the airfield. The airfield was relatively clear, officials added.

Travelers are advised to check with their airline and not the airport to find out whether their flight is canceled.

With the chance of inclement weather and poor road conditions officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles canceled all Tuesday morning road tests. For updates with the DMV, click here.

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