February 21, 2024
Slick driving conditions Tuesday night into Wednesday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Slick conditions Tuesday night into Wednesday morning are impacting the evening and morning commutes.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) said the storm’s timing is tough during the evening and morning commutes with more vehicles on the roads. DOT said they have more than 600 plows standing by with rock salt, monitoring snowy and icy conditions across the state.

During last week’s similar storm, Connecticut State Police responded to more than 300 crashes.

Josh Morgan, the communications director for DOT is advising drivers to slow down, create extra space between vehicles and not be overconfident in snowy or icy conditions.

“High rate of crashes which can result in injuries and fatalities. We saw a significant number of crashes last week that were really attributed to vehicles traveling too fast, a lot of single-car spinouts,” Morgan said. “Six to twelve inches of snow that gets people’s ears up and pay attention but it’s really these one-inch storms the ones that have a little bit of that mixed accumulation and ice that create hazardous driving conditions.”

Morgan said those crashes create traffic which ultimately slows down their plow crews from clearing roads, making conditions worse for everyone.

An important reminder he said, as always, do not crowd the plows.

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