(Updated 9 a.m.) Snow Hub: Southington Weathers Storm Without Power Outages

Residents complied with a voluntary "no travel" ban, officials said, and as of 12:30 a.m., there were zero outages reported and no major accidents in the community - but there is a lot of digging left to do out there.

UPDATE: 9 a.m.
So it appears the snow has finally come to a halt and Southington has fared for the better. The town survived the evening without any reported outages, according to CL&P stats.

But with as much as 36 inches reported in depth at some places where drifts affected accumulation, people aren't out of the woods yet. There is a lot of digging out to do, officials said.

The utility giant is reporting that across the state, 37,493 customers are without power this morning, with the southwest corner suffering the most damage. Old Lyme, Lyme and North Stonington each have more than 70 percent outages and both Waterford and Stonington are reporting outages in excess of 50 percent.

Multiple residents this morning have reported damages to their property as a result of the blanket of snow that came Friday into this morning.

Southington police reported that there were several disabled vehicles of people who attempted to travel through the conditions and several small accidents overnight, but no injuries related to the storm.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued a no travel ban throughout the state until further notice this morning. Malloy said that although the state fared well given the amount of snowfall, it is essential to let plows clear the streets before populating them with vehicles.

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UPDATE: 12:30 a.m.
The highways kept Southington Police Department and Southington Fire Department officials busy Friday evening into early Saturday morning, but for the most part the blizzard conditions did little more than dump a lot of snow on town.

Despite accumulations totaling more than a foot in areas - some residents reported drifts measuring 18 inches or more - and wind gusts in excess of 30 miles per hours, according to the National Weather Service, Southington has been able to weather the storm.

Plows were removed from roads, with the exception of a few keeping essential lines of travel clear, but were rescheduled to begin plowing around 4 a.m. Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said the key to the success has been the compliance of residents who were asked to participate in a no travel ban between 9 p.m. Friday and into Saturday morning.

The even better news? As of 12:30 a.m., Connecticut Light and Power reported that Southington had not experienced any outages anywhere in the community. Across the state, 36,166 total CL&P customers were without power with North Stonington and Waterford each reporting a greater than 70 percent rate of outages.

The storm hasn't been without some challenges, however. Police have responded to numerous accidents on the highway and officials reported that late Friday evening, firefighters were called to extinguish a fully engulfed car fire on Interstate 691 in the area of exit 4.

No injuries were reported in any of those incidents, officials said.

UPDATE: 8 p.m.
Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said the town has done well to weather the storm so far, thanks in large part to residents remaining off the roads.

Snow continues to fall at a rapid pace, with residents reporting over a foot already in town, but CL&P reported that as of 8 p.m., there were no outages in Southington. That's good news for residents, but the storm isn't over yet either.

Brumback released the following message at 8 p.m.:

In Southington, we are getting great support from our residents and therefore have been able to keep up with the plowing. I just spoke to both dispatch and Highway and the traffic has been very light allowing for our teams to keep the roads relatively clear. The snow is still falling the conditions of the roads are treacherous but we are staying with it. So long as weather permits our crews will continue to try and stay up with the snowfall and plan to plow until after midnight. After a break for rest and food they will get back at it in the early morning.

We are still requesting that only emergency vehicles be on the road until 8 a.m. so we can keep ahead of the snow.

Dispatch reports a couple of minor issues with disabled vehicles and minor accidents. The highway (Interstate 84), however, has been very difficult and required the bulk of our responses to support state activities.

Below is the current weather for the state…We will keep you posted as updates are available.

UPDATE: 3 p.m.
Governor Malloy has signed the attached travel ban for limited access highways, effective at 4 p.m. today until further notice. The ban does not apply to emergency response and recovery vehicles, including public safety vehicles, utility vehicles and vehicles carrying essential personnel or supplies.

Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback and the Southington Police Department are asking residents to comply with a voluntary no travel ban overnight as high winds and heavy snows will make for extremely dangerous travel conditions during the impending blizzard.

Snow has already started accumulating around the community and as much as two feet of snow is expected, with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour during the evening and overnight hours according to the National Weather Service.

In preparing for the storm, Deputy Town Manager Mark Sciota said town staff have met several times and are prepared to manage conditions as they come. Town Offices will close at noon today and all non-essential staff will be asked to safely make their way home.

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On Friday morning, Brumback released the following for residents to understand the town's request and assist in helping keep everyone safe:

(1) We have pretreated our roads and will begin plowing operations as conditions require. Our priority will be to Health and Public Safety facilities along with main roads and hills.

(2) If the forecast is accurate we expect to pull our plows off the road at 9:00p tonight except for emergencies and will resume plowing operations at around 4:00a on Saturday.

(3) We are requesting that travel be limited to emergencies only during these hours.

(4) A parking ban is in effect until further notice.

(5) Residents are reminded that blowing snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street or right of way is prohibited by ordinance. Violators will be issued a citation. This is necessary to ensure that our plow trucks can clear the roads as efficiently as possible.

(6) Shelters are on standby and will be activated in the event of serious power outages.

(7) We have established a virtual EOC and will be responding to email and cell phone inquiries.

(8) The Police non-emergency number is (860) 378-1600; for emergencies call 911.

(9) For further updates please monitor the Police website and Facebook page.

For tips on your own preparation and what to do during and after the storm, please read yesterday's article, right here on Southington Patch.

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