Early Warning Weather tracker keeps an eye on the roads

The Early Warning Weather Tracker headed to Torrington in anticipation of a wintry mix on Tuesday. (WFSB)

The state geared up for another round of winter weather on Tuesday.

The Early Warning Weather Tracker headed north to towns like Avon and Torrington to keep an eye on conditions.

Channel 3 obtained video of snow falling in towns like Canaan earlier in the morning.

For the rest of the state, the storm proved to either be a wintry mix or plain rain.

The Department of Transportation said it's difficult to pre-treat the roads for a storm like this because of the rain.

"With rain like we have [Tuesday], we can’t pretreat as it will simply dilute and wash away and have no effectiveness," said Kevin Nursick, DOT spokesperson. "[It's] somewhat difficult to be proactive in a case like this. What we do is have crews on alert for getting called in when conditions are approaching that would manifest in an icing scenario. At that time we can apply materials to the roadway to help prevent any freeze-ups."

Nursick also said that the DOT only has the capacity to treat a small fraction of state roads, roughly 300 lane miles worth out of 11,000, so pretreatment is not a silver bullet.

"We don’t carpet the state with pretreatment, but rather we apply strategically to trouble spots like bridges, hills and valleys," he said. "That said, if conditions were conducive, we would probably pretreat."

Some people, like Pam Sands in Salisbury, said they had no choice but to work in the conditions. She is a school crossing guard who's been working for 14 seasons.

"The older I get the less I like it, but it’s ok," Sands said. "The kids like it.”

Wolcott's police chief had advice for drivers.

“They have to remember that cars do not operate the same in inclement weather," said Chief Ed Stephens, Wolcott Police Department. "You know if you are on snow, if you are on ice, cars or trucks or not going to stop the same as if it was dry pavement out.”

Stephens said we take things for granted.

"You get used to a nice day and drive to work with no problems, then winter comes and you have slippery roads," he said. "You have to remember these things.”

Check the latest forecast here.

To keep an eye on the traffic situation, check the Channel 3 traffic map here.

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