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Expect Improved Conditions on West Hartford Roads Later in Morning

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A variety of road conditions can be found in West Hartford, but everything is expected to melt as temperatures rise.

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

Drivers in West Hartford Tuesday morning woke up to something they have not seen in quite some time: snow and ice.

The first hurdle you may face heading out to work – if your car isn’t parked in a garage or covered area – is a glazing of ice that needs to be removed.

Once you hit the roads, West Hartford Director of Public Works said to expect a variety of conditions.

“Because of the freezing rain we have not been very aggressive plowing off our streets,” Phillips said, and the snow is absorbing the rain.

“Roads that have been plowed and treated are wet and slushy, but passable with smart driving habits,” said Phillips. Crews have treated and plowed the main roads and are now tackling the neighborhood streets, he said.

Since it’s been quite some time since most of us have driven in snowy/slushy/icy conditions, Phillips urged drivers to be “be extra alert until they get their winter driving skills dusted off.”

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory as well as a Hazardous Weather Outlook will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Freezing rain and sleet is expected to turn to all rain by 11 a.m., with temperatures rising to 36 degrees.

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