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Winter Storm Elsa

Tolland County ready for potentially heavy snowfall

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Towns and cities around the state have geared up for Winter Storm Elsa.

Crews in Tolland and South Windsor said they are ready after preparing their trucks for a long day on the roads. They rolled out around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Channel 3's forecast called for between 8 and 12 inches of snow for that part of the state.

Plow crews said they expected to be out for hours on Wednesday to take care of about 130 miles for town roads.

"We’ll be here over 24 hours with that," said Paul Russell, operations manager in Tolland. "The guys, they bring what they need to get through the night, and we generally shutdown at midnight if the conditions warrant it.” 

Some commuters, like those in Vernon, said they did not want to be on the roads later in the day on Wednesday and planned to take the bus.

”I do worry. I’ve been in an accident in the snow and ice at 20 miles-per-hour heading home around a corner, just slid, so I’m very careful," said Madeleine Adam-Kearns of Eastford.

Vernon police said they're ready.

"We’re certainly prepared and ready," said Lt. Bill Meier, Vernon police. "Anything from car accidents to medical calls to fallen trees and power lines. We work together with our Public Works Department as well as the Fire Department to make sure that we’re ready to respond.”

Police in South Windsor said they are anticipating a tricky commute for drivers on Wednesday evening.

They recommend staying home but have advice for anyone who has to get behind the wheel.

"Don't get out on the roadway where traction is somewhat diminished and you might get struck. Stay in your car. Put your hazard lights on and call immediately looking for assistance," said South Windsor Police Deputy Chief Scott Custer.

AAA reminded drivers to take their time and not rush to a destination in snowy conditions.

For the latest on the forecast, read here.

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