HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Connecticut, knocking out power to thousands and making a difficult commute for a second straight day.

Connecticut Light & Power reported nearly 4,000 outages as of late Friday afternoon, down from more than 10,000 earlier in the afternoon. United Illuminating had only a few outages.

State police reported more than 200 accidents, including 17 with minor injuries.

The National Weather Service said the storm, which was expected to leave the state by Friday evening, dumped more than 20 inches of snow in Staffordville and Coventry in Tolland County, 18 inches in Manchester near Hartford and more than a foot in New Canaan in Fairfield County.

Interstate 95 northbound in Clinton was closed for several hours Friday morning because of a jackknifed tractor-trailer. Treacherous conditions had schools across the state closed.

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

In New Haven, Tim Wicker, a self-employed 32-year-old Norwich resident, said the storm wasn’t too bad but had him longing for spring.

“The other day I was out in a T-shirt excited,” Wicker said. “Now we’re dealing with this again. It’s going to be 54 on Sunday. It’s just New England.”

Brian Meyer, who runs Sunny Days landscaping, was plowing out a gas station in New Haven. This storm was easy compared to the last one, in which he got stuck 15 times plowing.

“Anything is better than the last storm,” Meyer said. “Hopefully it’s the last one.”

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. )


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