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Public works crews plow while school districts weigh closing decisions

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Winter Storm Clare brought rain to New Haven on Wednesday morning. (WFSB) Winter Storm Clare brought rain to New Haven on Wednesday morning. (WFSB)

School officials across the state had difficult decisions to make on Wednesday.

Some districts, mostly along the shoreline, opted to stay open while others closed for the day due to Winter Storm Clare.

In Waterbury, officials said they made the decision to close on Tuesday.

People in the city told Channel 3 that it was the right call.

While it wasn't a lot in the Brass City, it was enough for plow drivers.

"Keeps me busy," said Anthony Tyson, a plow driver.

The storm was still enough to be a nuisance to drivers in a city with a lot of hills.

"I would say the main roads are looking good, but the side roads are pretty tough," Tyson said. "As soon as you hit Wolcott Road or anything like that, it's pretty open, but the side roads are pretty tough. I had to throw on the 4 wheel drive."

Throughout Waterbury, public works crews were out in neighborhoods plowing and treating the roads. Neighbors got to work too to sweep off their cars, shovel their sidewalks and put down salt.

"It will be a long day, long day, at least 12 hours, because I've got to throw the salt and sand in the back," Tyson said.

A lessened threat from Clare prompted officials in New Haven to keep schools open for the day.

Rick Fontana, New Haven's emergency operations deputy director, confirmed that New Haven Public Schools were in session on Wednesday.

Fontana said a lot of factors went into making the decision. He said the city does not make a decision like that lightly.

Winter Storm Clare brought on and off rain to the Elm City since the overnight hours.

Hamden's schools, however, closed on Wednesday.

On the heavily-traveled Dixwell Avenue, a divide of rain and snow could be seen around 6 a.m. The slushy mixture led to the cancellation of school in the city.

“We were in talks with superintendents," said Craig Cesare, director of Public Works. "It is based on the entire town because if the north is covered in snow then it will determine the entire town."

Cesare said crews have been out sanding and plowing. A parking ban is also in effect for the city until 6 p.m.

To the north in New Britain, the storm also forced officials to close the campus of Central Connecticut State University.

The school announced that only essential employees should report to work.

School officials for Hartford Public Schools made the call on Tuesday to close their system.

See the forecast for the storm here.

For more closings and delays, head here.

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