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WINTER STORM ELSA

Northwestern CT walloped by storm

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Plows worked into Thursday morning to clear the streets of Litchfield. (WFSB) Plows worked into Thursday morning to clear the streets of Litchfield. (WFSB)
Plow truck drivers piled snow around the Litchfield Green on Thursday morning. (WFSB) Plow truck drivers piled snow around the Litchfield Green on Thursday morning. (WFSB)
LITCHFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Litchfield County received the brunt of Winter Storm Elsa on Wednesday.

The snow started in the morning and ramped up during the afternoon hours.

Dan Labich said he started clearing snow on Wednesday night.

“On the back porch, on the driveway, but it didn’t do much," Labich said.

He was back at it on Thursday morning plugging away at more than a foot of snow.

“We knew we were going to get more than most people, so we were just getting ready for it," he said.

However, he said he didn't mind it.

“It's very, very beautiful," he said. "So we’re excited, we love it.”

Thursday, plow trucks were seen piling the snow high around the Litchfield Green. Their drivers worked through the night to clean up the roads.

Litchfield Schools closed for the day on Thursday. See the list of closings and delays here.

Many took advantage of the snow day and headed to Mohawk Mountain.

"It's amazing, it's like a winter wonderland. It's just incredible. I mean look at this in March it's insane. I love it," said JT Ross, of Cornwall.

"Mountain Ops says we got 26 inches which is just as you can see amazing and it took a lot of shoveling out this morning but the decks are clear, the slopes are in great shape, we have a partial groom and partial powder still on the sides of the trails," said Mohawk Mountain Administrative Director Cassie Schoenknecht.

Leo Gianfagna of Litchfield took over shoveling for his father, but said he had plans for the rest of the day.

“Stay inside and maybe go sledding," he said.

His younger sister was excited about what Channel 3 named the storm.

“I’m going to play outside in the snow a lot and drink a lot of hot chocolate," said Elsa Gianfagna.

Channel 3's crews did not see the type of devastation from downed trees or power outages like was seen in other parts of the state.

Last night, dozens of Eversource crews were in the area from all over the country. They were ready to respond to any outages.

Crews from Litchfield Public Works were called in around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. They said their 11 routes they follow were pre-treated. Those routes include municipal lots and buildings.

“I'm looking at gusts up to 40 miles an hour with some heavy blowing snow, and very slippery conditions," said Rich Jespersen, public works, Litchfield.

"I'm accustomed to it, yeah, it's just being in the northwest corner," said Sarah Colucci of Torrington.

The plow drivers' work isn't quite over yet.

Crews told Channel 3 on Thursday morning that around 10 or 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, things became difficult. That's when the snow picked up.

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