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Updated: Monday Is Another Snow Day

Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Updated, 7 p.m.: Parking ban will remain in effect until Tuesday morning as road crews continue clean-up from another snow storm.

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Director of Public Works John Phillips provided the following update early Monday evening:

“Accumulating snow ended about four hours ago. We have been cleaning up since then. All main roads and neighborhood collecting streets are done.

“Progress is on target to finish before midnight. I know that sounds like a long time to clean up but it is our target to complete 218 miles of road in 8 to 10 hours after accumulating snow ends.

“We have had some unexpected challenges like a fire truck needing one of our mechanic’s and plow operator’s attention and several broken plows. Remember, these plows have been very active and used daily over the last 21 days! We have a sick staff member – these men and women are human, too. We run such a lean team that any type of absence is felt throughout the operation and substitutions will happen when routes are finished so we can re-task those plow operators.

“Unfortunately there are some big routes without any trucks in them yet. We will get there with overwhelming support to catch up.

“Because the snow ended as the daylight was ending, streets will remain snow-covered even though they are plowed. Tomorrow’s sun will work wonders to melt off the residual snow.

If you’re driving tonight, please be careful.  You will experience slippery conditions.

“With almost 30 inches of snow in 21 days, we have a long list of post-work to do. The crews deserve a lot of credit for their stamina. West Hartford is fortunate to have a great group of dedicated professionals who care for and maintain their streets. My hat goes off to them.”

Original story

With yet another Winter Storm Warning in effect for the area, and somewhere in the range of 6-10 inches of snow forecast, Assistant Superintendent Andy Morrow announced Sunday evening that all West Hartford Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 9.

Department of Public Works Director John Phillips also announced Sunday evening that a parking ban will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday. The ban will be in effect until further notice.

Phillips advised that Paine’s will be collecting trash and recycling on Monday. “Please put your cart at the end of your driveway not in the street,” Phillips advised the community on Sunday via Twitter.

A notice to West Hartford residents was issued on Friday regarding snow removal policies. Please click here for details.

Check back with We-Ha.com for updates on road conditions and weather-related cancellations.

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