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Spring snow causes highway delays

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Flooding was becoming an issue in East Hartford. (WFSB photo) Flooding was becoming an issue in East Hartford. (WFSB photo)
School buses braved the roads in Berlin Monday morning. (iWitness photo) School buses braved the roads in Berlin Monday morning. (iWitness photo)
(iWitness photo) (iWitness photo)

Localized flooding and a wintry mix was a problem Monday morning as a system moved past New England.

A severe flood warning was in effect for Litchfield and New London counties. A winter weather advisory in effect for Litchfield County expired around 11 a.m.

Meteorologist Scot Haney said the snow should come to an end around noon. Before then, however, central Connecticut could see anywhere from 2 to 4 inches. Some areas could see 5 inches.

Department of Transportation officials said roads were not pretreated, so the morning commute was a mess.

"I saw so many cars wiped out, you know, spinouts, when I came in at 7:30 this morning," said one driver.

However, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said as soon as snow started to fall, plows and sand trucks hit city roads.

Since midnight Sunday night, AAA officials said they responded to more than a thousand calls in the Hartford area and a third of all those calls came in during the 8 a.m. hour when the snow was at its heaviest. Officials added that a lot of the calls were about cars being stuck in the snow, especially in spots such as Avon Mountain and Hartford city streets.

Cedar Mountain in Newington was closed for a short time. State police reported a number of spinouts on state highways, including Route 9 in the New Britain area, Interstate 91 in the New Haven area and Interstate 84 in the Hartford area.

"Terrible - you just got to take your time, you know," said Mike Siena, of Portland.

Several school systems were reporting delays. Those can be found here.

Flooding also a concern for CT residents

Gov. Dan Malloy cautioned residents about possible flooding with additional rainfall forecasted for this evening.

"If you live in a low-lying, flood prone area, please stay alert to changing weather conditions and if you plan on traveling, please use caution and do not attempt to drive through standing water,"  Malloy said.

With additional rainfall, rivers and streams may not fully recede until late Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) will continue to monitor conditions across the state and coordinate assistance if needed.

"The Housatonic, Yantic and Pawcatuck (rivers) are among those that are under flood warnings or are forecast to stay above flood stage for the next several hours," said meteorologist Scot Haney.

Flooding has already delayed buses to one school in Old Lyme. According to school officials, buses will be delayed going to the Mile Creek School after water flooded Cross Lane.

Some rivers across the state are at flood stage and are expected to rise. The Housatonic River will rise to 8.8 feet later this afternoon which may cause flooding in New Milford.

Haney said that any morning showers will taper off by the afternoon. The wind and clouds were expected to hold temperatures down and keep them in the middle to upper 40s.

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