Snow Makes Commute Slippery

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut State Police say motorists were involved in nearly 150 accidents due to early morning rain and snow.

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance reported 147 accidents at 8:45 Tuesday morning. He said the messy weather could not have come at a worse time as commuters headed back to work at rush-hour after a three-day holiday weekend.

He says about a dozen injuries were reported, but none was serious. No fatalities were reported.

Tractor-trailer accidents occurred on several highways, causing delays.

Dozens of Connecticut schools opened late as road crews cleaned up the remnants of snow that left a dusting in some regions and up to a few inches in others.

It was expected to become slushy later Tuesday as temperatures head toward the high 30s and low 40s, allowing schools to open late rather than calling off classes entirely.

Many have very few snow days left after losing so many because of Tropical Storm Irene and the rare October snowstorm. Tuesday’s delays won’t diminish their remaining snow days, since districts did not call off classes entirely.

At least one school was closed Tuesday, though: The state-run Ella Grasso Technical School in Groton, where power was off while crews repair a boiler damaged in a small fire late Monday.


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