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Winter Storm David slams Connecticut

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© A barn in Bolton is covered in snow. © A barn in Bolton is covered in snow.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Winter Storm David arrived in Connecticut Thursday and brought with it heavy, wet snow and strong winds.

The pesky storm system arrived in the area on Thursday morning and caused a traffic nightmare for commuters across the state. Interstate 84 was shut down for hours in Tolland after multiple crashes involving tractor trailers and numerous vehicles were reported.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said even though Winter Storm David was centered hundreds of miles off of the New England coastline, it had a very large, expansive circulation.

A band of heavy, wet snow continued to rotate around the storm through southern New England late Thursday night and into Friday morning, and that is expected to bring more headaches to commuters by the time Friday's morning rush hour is in full swing.

DePrest said the combination of the heavy snow and strong winds could also bring numerous power outages to Connecticut residents.

Winds could gust to more than 40 mph, DePrest said.

The snow and wind will continue at least until mid-morning, and total snow accumulations could range anywhere from four to eight inches across most of the state, with lesser amounts in southeastern Connecticut. In the northeastern and northwestern hills, more than eight inches could fall.

According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, 632 state plow trucks and more than 200 contractor plow trucks are available to clear the state's roads, highways and interstates.

Interstate 95 north was closed in Clinton after a tractor trailer jackknifed. Another one did the same thing along Interstate 84 in Manchester, forcing lane closures.

When the detour was set up to avoid the Clinton mess, drivers found themselves stuck with a bigger problem after tractor trailers and other large vehicles became stuck on the unplowed roads.

Several other crashes have been reported on the state's roads, and it's unknown if anyone has been seriously injured in any of them.

Connecticut Light & Power said it would open its emergency operations center in Berlin if conditions warrant. However, United Illuminating opened its EOC facility Wednesday afternoon.

Both CL&P and UI officials said they have their outside-of-company workers on standby in case extra help is needed.

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Early Warning Weather

Today's Forecast

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  • 66°
  • 52°

 

 

From Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest in the Channel 3 Early Warning Forecast Center… 

 

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy, a chance for a shower this evening.  Low: 48-55.

 

Saturday:  Clouds and intervals of sunshine, a bit on the cool side.  High: 70 inland, 67 shore.  A chance for a shower Saturday night.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny and seasonably mild.  Low: 50.  High: 74 inland, 68 shore.

 

Monday (Memorial Day):  Mostly cloudy and cool, showers likely, but not a washout.  Low: 54.  High: 67 inland, 65 shore.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny and warmer, an afternoon shower possible.  Low: 55.  High: 78 inland, 72 shore.

 

Wednesday:   Partly sunny, a chance for an afternoon shower.  Low: 57.  High: 76 inland, 73 shore.

 

Thursday:   Mostly cloudy, a shower or thunderstorm likely.  Low: 55.  High: 74 inland, 73 shore.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny and pleasant.  Low: 54.  High: 75 inland, 76 shore.

 

7-Day Forecast: Hartford

Friday
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  • 66°
  • 52°

AM Rain

Saturday
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  • 70°
  • 52°

Mostly Cloudy

Sunday
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  • 74°
  • 50°

Dry & Mild

Monday
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  • 67°
  • 54°

Showers

Tuesday
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  • 78°
  • 55°

Warmer

Wednesday
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  • 76°
  • 57°

Mild

Thursday
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  • 74°
  • 55°

Mild

Currently in Hartford as of

  • 65°(Feels like 65°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: N @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.62 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:21:42 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:07 pm
  • Humidity: 73
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Waterbury

Friday
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  • 69°
  • 51°

Skies clearing overnight

Saturday
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  • 69°
  • 51°

Considerable cloudiness

Sunday
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  • 72°
  • 52°

Cloudy

Monday
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  • 60°
  • 53°

A few thunderstorms possible

Tuesday
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  • 74°
  • 56°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Wednesday
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  • 75°
  • 55°

Partly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 73°
  • 54°

A few clouds

Currently in Waterbury as of

  • 68°(Feels like 68°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: NW @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.63 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:23:58 am
  • Sunset: 08:15:08 pm
  • Humidity: 60
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: New London

Friday
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  • 67°
  • 52°

Clouds early, some clearing late

Saturday
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  • 62°
  • 50°

Considerable cloudiness

Sunday
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  • 63°
  • 52°

Mostly sunny

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 54°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 66°
  • 57°

Clouds giving way to sun

Wednesday
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  • 73°
  • 57°

Times of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 70°
  • 56°

Partly cloudy

Currently in New London as of

  • 60°(Feels like 60°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 29.62 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:20:40 am
  • Sunset: 08:10:37 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Norwich

Friday
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  • 67°
  • 52°

Clouds early, some clearing late

Saturday
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  • 62°
  • 50°

Considerable cloudiness

Sunday
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  • 63°
  • 52°

Mostly sunny

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 54°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 66°
  • 57°

Clouds giving way to sun

Wednesday
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  • 73°
  • 57°

Times of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 70°
  • 56°

Partly cloudy

Currently in Norwich as of

  • 60°(Feels like 60°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 29.62 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:20:40 am
  • Sunset: 08:10:37 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Manchester

Friday
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  • 62°
  • 50°

Showers ending early

Saturday
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  • 69°
  • 50°

Considerable cloudiness

Sunday
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  • 74°
  • 52°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 53°

A few thunderstorms possible

Tuesday
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  • 76°
  • 56°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Wednesday
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  • 77°
  • 54°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 74°
  • 54°

Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Manchester as of

  • 65°(Feels like 65°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: N @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.62 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:20:52 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:05 pm
  • Humidity: 73
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: New Haven

Friday
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  • 70°
  • 52°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 65°
  • 50°

Chance of afternoon showers

Sunday
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  • 52°

Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 55°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 69°
  • 57°

Clouds giving way to sun

Wednesday
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  • 74°
  • 57°

Times of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 71°
  • 56°

Mostly sunny

Currently in New Haven as of

  • 68°(Feels like 68°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: E @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.61 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:24:16 am
  • Sunset: 08:13:29 pm
  • Humidity: 70
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Vernon

Friday
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  • 62°
  • 50°

Showers ending early

Saturday
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  • 69°
  • 50°

Considerable cloudiness

Sunday
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  • 74°
  • 52°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 53°

A few thunderstorms possible

Tuesday
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  • 76°
  • 56°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Wednesday
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  • 77°
  • 54°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 74°
  • 54°

Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Vernon as of

  • 65°(Feels like 65°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: N @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.62 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:20:52 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:05 pm
  • Humidity: 73
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Wallingford

Friday
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  • 71°
  • 51°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 70°
  • 50°

More clouds than sun

Sunday
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  • 71°
  • 52°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 54°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 74°
  • 57°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Wednesday
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  • 77°
  • 55°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 74°
  • 54°

Partly cloudy

Currently in Wallingford as of

  • 63°(Feels like 63°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.64 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:23:21 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:05 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 6 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Windsor

Friday
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  • 63°
  • 51°

Clearing skies late

Saturday
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  • 70°
  • 50°

Mostly cloudy

Sunday
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  • 74°
  • 52°

Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 53°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 76°
  • 56°

Clouds giving way to sun

Wednesday
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  • 77°
  • 54°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 75°
  • 55°

Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Windsor as of

  • 64°(Feels like 64°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: W @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.63 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:21:18 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:50 pm
  • Humidity: 78
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Bristol

Friday
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  • 66°
  • 51°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 69°
  • 50°

Considerable cloudiness

Sunday
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  • 73°
  • 51°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 60°
  • 53°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 74°
  • 56°

Clouds giving way to sun

Wednesday
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  • 75°
  • 54°

Partly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 73°
  • 54°

A few clouds

Currently in Bristol as of

  • 63°(Feels like 63°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.64 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:23:03 am
  • Sunset: 08:15:05 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 6 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Cheshire

Friday
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  • 71°
  • 51°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 70°
  • 50°

More clouds than sun

Sunday
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  • 71°
  • 52°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 61°
  • 54°

Scattered thunderstorms

Tuesday
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  • 74°
  • 57°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 77°
  • 55°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 74°
  • 54°

Partly cloudy

Currently in Cheshire as of

  • 63°(Feels like 63°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.64 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:23:21 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:05 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 6 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Hartford
65°
Waterbury
68°
New London
60°
Norwich
60°
Manchester
65°
New Haven
68°
Vernon
65°
Wallingford
63°
Windsor
64°
Bristol
63°
Cheshire
63°