Snow creating mess in Connecticut, northern suburbs

March 8, 2013 3:08:54 PM PST
New York City's northern suburbs and Connecticut were hit hard with another round of wind and snow Friday.

If people in Upper Westchester thought they'd gotten off easy with an endless but harmless storm, they were wrong.

Tow truck drivers and state troopers sure had their hands full during the morning rush, as the snow finally started to stick, and cars started to slide.

Across the Hudson in New City, the wind picked up as heavy, wet snow weighed down tree limbs and power lines, road crews struggled to keep up.

But by lunchtime, the snow finally stopped in Katonah and the quaint village started to come alive.

"I want a beach. I want to live on a beach. This is not it!" a resident said.

Of course life is no beach if you own a business around here, just ask Ursula Cron.

"Boots all winter!" Cron said.

Eyewitness News found her trudging to the small boutique she's owned for five years and where lately, business is way down.

That's thanks to the never ending parade of severe weather that's kept her customers home.

"Nobody can get out and the schools are closed again and that interferes with business again because you have to stay home with the kids," Cron said, "We've been hit hard it's been depressing from Sandy on."

In Hartsdale, Mother Nature dropped several inches of nuisance snow on the area.

The main roads were mainly clear, though not all the way to the blacktop, with a slushy coating in most spots. Secondary and tertiary streets are likely to pose the biggest danger, particularly if salt has not been put down.

Snow and accidents made the morning commute in Connecticut difficult for a second-straight day, and schools across the state closed as the large winter storm began its exit from New England.

Interstate 95 northbound in Clinton was closed for several hours Friday morning because of a jackknifed tractor-trailer. The highway has reopened. Several other highway accidents were reported.

Bradley International Airport had no major delays, and Metro-North trains were running on schedule, but the Waterbury branch had switched to bus service because of mechanical problems.

Connecticut Light & Power reported about 7,000 outages in the state, including more than 2,200 in Clinton. United Illuminating has only a few outages.

The storm dumped 4 to 8 inches of snow in much of Connecticut. The snow was was expected to move out in the afternoon, followed by off-and-on rain before giving way to a warmer and sunny weekend.