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Travel expected to get tricky later tonight when storm intensifies

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New Haven has been preparing for Winter Storm Genny all week. (WFSB) New Haven has been preparing for Winter Storm Genny all week. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

As Winter Storm Genny develops, one of the areas of the state expected to be the hardest hit is the southern portion of Connecticut.

Six to 12 inches of snow could fall, with locally higher amounts.

"I Just try not to drive," said Josalee Thrift of New Haven. "Luckily I work in a school and we don’t have to go to school [when] it is snowing and also because it is New England. We bought a Jeep to handle the snow.”

Snow began falling in the New Haven area around daybreak on Wednesday, but the peak of the storm wasn't expected until the late afternoon and evening hours.

"Just glad it's happening at the end of the day," said Tara Meeker of Milford. "[So I can] get all the stuff I need to do done.”

Meeker said she enjoyed a leisure breakfast at the Greek Olive Restaurant in Milford. She said she was glad for the extra time to hunker down.

“I’ll get home," she said. "I’ll be off the roads and make room for the cleaning crews to come through to keep out of their way. I have friends with the [Department of Transportation] and they love it when you’re not on the road."

Visibility is expected to be poor and a lot of snow will fall pretty quickly.

“The one good thing about New haven is that they are on top of things and send texts and emails, [we] get alerts," Thrift said.

Joe Perrone owns a body shop called New England Collision. He said these spring storms have not exactly been hurting his business.

“I own an auto body shop in West Haven, so no we’re not getting tired of it," Perrone said. "We advise people to drive safely and carefully but people disregard that usually. But hopefully people will try to drive a little safer today and stay off the road. And if they don’t they can call New England Collision.”

A parking ban is in effect for the Elm City, where preparations for the storm have been underway for the last few days.

See more bans, including school early dismissals and closures, here.

“Whatever it is I’m gonna be safe and dry and inside," Thrift said. "But I do hope everybody is safe out there.”

Stay on top of the traffic situation with the Channel 3 traffic map here.

For the forecast itself, read here.

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