HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Call volume has been through the roof for AAA, the organization said on Monday.

Following Winter Storm Yoshi, the state was hit with a blast of arctic air that led to temperatures below zero degrees is some spots.

AAA said as a result, it responded to almost 1,200 calls for emergency roadside assistance as of noon on Monday.

There were times during the timeframe, that it averaged about 200 calls per hour.

Those calls were in the greater Hartford area.

"Today has been all batteries. The first one this morning someone was stuck, but besides that, it's all batteries," said Jordan Grzybowski, AAA driver.

AAA said dead batteries in cars and trucks are making up about 50 percent of their calls. 

"Mainly because of the cold, the battery didn't want to start. Even with, I've seen newer batteries that didn't want to start because it didn't have enough power with how cold it got, how fast it got cold," Gryzbowski said. 

AAA said the number is fairly high for a holiday.

"The most challenging thing is probably the cold. It's honestly the biggest thing. Even though we are back and forth, in and out of the truck, you still get cold after a while. There are only so many layers you can put on," said Gryzbowski. 

It expected Tuesday to be worse as people try to start vehicles that have been sitting idle for several days.

AAA said most of the sharp increase of calls will be for dead batteries and tow trucks.

It advised drivers to prepare for the possibility of breaking down in the cold weather by wearing the necessary clothing and packing blankets and other supplies to stay warm.

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