Towns, residents prepare for Tuesday's wintry weather - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Towns, residents prepare for Tuesday's wintry weather

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Towns, residents prepare for Tuesday's wintry weather (WFSB) Towns, residents prepare for Tuesday's wintry weather (WFSB)

Freezing rain, sleet and some snow is expected to fall overnight in parts of the state, and many towns and cities were preparing on Monday.

The state Department of Transportation has pre-treated highway overpasses and bridges, while towns and cities made sure staffers and equipment were ready to go.

A total of 45 metric tons was offloaded at the State Pier in New London on Monday, and in Waterford, crews were busy making sure snow plows were in working order.

The town of Waterford made a huge investment this year by erecting a new salt shed.

The weather alert, however, doesn’t seem to phase many homeowners who have yet to stock up on ice melt.

"I've sold a lot of hats and gloves, people have been preparing. They definitely bought stuff ahead of time because everybody is thinking the same—‘we’ll get hit and January and February.' But as we can see this is going slow so far. So I'm thinking tonight after 5 p.m., when people coming out of work, we'll sell some because of the weather,” said Susan Matera of Surplus Unlimited.

Norwich police are reminding property owners to make sure the sidewalks are clear, and parking is prohibited on the odd side of all city streets during winter snow storms.

"If there's a breakdown of somebody not abiding by the regulations in parking in an area we need to get a plow through, it’s going to slow us it will pull a police officer off patrol and now we'll have to address that car for public works. Like we've discussed before, it’s a domino effect of inefficiency,” said Norwich Police Capt. Chris Ferace.

Homeowners have within 12 hours of a storm, or within six hours after sunrise, to clear sidewalks.

Crews in Bridgeport were also out treating the roads, and workers in East Hartford spent the day getting ready too.

“We will be out there, we will have all the equipment that we need to do battle with the storm as things come in,” said DOT Spokesman Kevin Nursick.

Although the storms isn’t expected to be huge, drivers still need to be careful, especially Tuesday morning.

For more on how to make sure you're prepared for a winter storm, click here.

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