Another snow day for many north of the city

January 18, 2011 2:24:17 PM PST
For high school sophomore Michael Dolan, it's a snow day, but first some work.

His father has enlisted him to help shovel. Of course, he doesn't mind an extra day off, but there are midterms next week.

"I'll still have in class time," he said.

It's because of a crunchy coating of ice that dozens of school districts closed today.

For many districts in the northern and western suburbs, it is either the second or third snow day.

"It disrupts the rhythm of a good education," said Paul Pizzutello, an assistant principal in Greenburgh.

Some districts waited as late as possible before making the call, forcing some parents to make last minute childcare arrangements.

By afternoon, Beth Jones had given up on her plow guy showing up and decided to clear her driveway herself. It was no easy task.

"More of a challenge. I want to get the driveway cleared off before it starts to freeze over tonight," she said.

The fight against this latest round of winter weather kicked off in the wee hours of the morning.

Plows made the rounds on highways like the Palisades Parkway, major roads like Route 59 in Nanuet and local streets like Main Street in New City.

The main concern was ice building up on top of a couple of inches of snow.

"If the temperature drops and what we melt refreezes, it could be a problem," Brian Lillo of Clarkstown Highway Department said.

Connecticut state police responded to more than 500 calls as the result snow and ice on the state's highways during the morning rush hour.

Lt. J. Paul Vance says there were dozens of accidents Tuesday but no reports of deaths or serious injury.

He says tractor-trailer crashes brought the morning rush hour to a crawl in Fairfield County, eastern Connecticut, and in the Southington area, where a plow caught fire.

He says the biggest problem was getting equipment to the crash sites, because of the traffic volume and treacherous conditions.

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