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Winter Storm Yoshi drops snow, sleet, freezing rainHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Winter Storm Yoshi moved into the state Saturday night, and has been bringing snow, a wintry mix, and rain to the state. Channel 3 Meteorologist Mike Cameron said snow from Winter Storm Yoshi fell Saturday night, but transitioned to a wintry mix for much of the state by early Sunday morning. A winter storm warning remains in effect for Litchfield, Hartford and part of Fairfield counties until Sunday evening. The rest of the state is under a winter weather advisory. Cities and towns have posted parking bans, and some churches have canceled services. See the full list <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. A flash flood watch is in effect for the shoreline until 1 p.m. Cameron said accumulations up to 1 to 4 inches fell on the state, particularly on cold surfaces, until the storm shifted from snow to sleet and freezing rain before dawn. Another transition from sleet and freezing rain to plain rain is expected in the southern half of the state as the storm tracks on the warmer side. By mid-morning to afternoon on Sunday, plain rain will be possible southeast of Hartford, said Cameron. "There will be a northwest to southeast gradient in accumulations of snow and ice," said Cameron. "In southeastern Connecticut, a coating to 2” will be possible; in most of interior parts of the state, 2-4” will be possible; and in northwestern-most Connecticut, 4-7” will be possible." Cameron stressed the prevalence of ice accumulations, particularly as a blast of Arctic air follows as Yoshi exits the state. The cold temps will turn any settling or standing water to solid ice from Sunday into Monday morning. Cameron is expecting an icy wind chill bringing temperatures into the -10 to -25 by dawn Monday. Although schools are not in session, the timing of the freezing makes commutes dangerous. "However, it will be partly sunny, windy and bitterly cold with highs only in the single digits in the Litchfield Hills, and 10-15 elsewhere.The wind chill will remain below zero throughout the day," said Cameron. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Government Ned Lamont held a press conference this afternoon to issue a <a href="" target="_blank">partial activation of the the state's Emergency Operations Center in Hartford</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app. The tradition of naming winter storms began on Channel 3 in 1971 and we are proud to continue that tradition today. This winter, we tried something new, by starting with the letter "Z" and going backwards through the alphabet.The meteorologists chose two names for each letter, and we left it up to the viewers to decide and vote!
Gov. partially activates Emergency Operations Center ahead of storm, deep freezeHARTFORD (WFSB) - Governor Ned Lamont partially activated the state's Emergency Operations Center on Saturday evening as Winter Storm Yoshi approached Connecticut. The center opened at 6 p.m. on Saturday and will remain open as needed during the storm. Lamont said he has been in contact with the major utility companies to make sure they are prepared in advance of Yoshi. As of Sunday morning, Eversource was reporting a little more than 800 customers to be without power, most of them being in Monroe. See the outage details <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. During the partial activation the EOC will be staffed with members of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Connecticut State Police, the Department of Transportation and liaisons from both Eversource and United Illuminating. Lamont said he will not issue a tractor-trailer ban on the state's highways, but is urging caution for those who need to be on the roads. "If you don't have to travel tonight, stay home. Our plows need to clear the roads and the more traffic is on the roads, the more difficult it becomes for them to do their jobs. Be cautious, stay home if you can," said Gov. Lamont said on Saturday night. Updates will be provided as needed throughout the storm and any clean up. For information on warming centers or shelters during the storm, dial 2-1-1 or <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Flights canceled as Winter Storm Yoshi moves across stateWINDSOR LOCKS (WFSB) - Officials at Bradley International Airport continue to monitor the weather conditions as Winter Storm Yoshi moves across the state. Airport officials said Sunday morning they had seen a number of flights cancelled because of the storm. Travelers are advised to check in with their airline and look into rebooking options. You can check for real-time flight status updates on Bradley's website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or by following them on Twitter @BDLFlightInfo.
President Trump offers immigration deal to end shutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to break the government shutdown impasse Saturday, offering to extend protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children, if Democrats give him $5.7 billion for his long-promised border wall. But Democrats dismissed the offer as non-starter, calling on Trump to re-open the government first. Speaking from the White House, Trump said he was offering a "commonsense compromise both parties should embrace." In advance of Trump's remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the expected proposal for ending the 29-day partial government shutdown was "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable." The California Democrat said Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House. Trump said he would extend protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children, as well as for those with temporary protected status after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence. Democrats criticized the expected proposal because it didn't seem to be a permanent solution for those immigrants and because it includes money for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which the party strongly opposes. Democrats also want Trump to reopen government before talks can start.
UConn bumps ahead move-in day in preparation of stormWinter Storm Yoshi has caused schools in Connecticut to issue a warning to their students. Colleges, including UConn, are opening their residence halls a day early to give students and parents a day to move in before the storm. “We strongly discourage you from moving in Sunday, since forecasts predict the worst of the weather will occur that day,” said the Dean of Students in a press release. Residence halls at the Storrs and Stamford campuses will open Saturday starting at 9 instead of Sunday. New students or students picking up keys for a new room assignment can go through the check-in process from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Classes for the Spring semester begin on Tuesday. UConn bus routes at the Storrs Campus will begin their regular routes that day. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for closing and delays, and for the latest on Winter Storm Yoshi, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.
Crews respond to a house fire in ManchesterCrews are on scene of a house fire in Manchester on Friday evening. Firefighters responded to a house on Elro Street just after 9 p.m. on Friday. Police responded to the house on January 9th for reports of a barricaded suspect who police said was hiding in the attic. Police arrested 18-year-old Daniel Amoboateng, who police said was hiding in the home and charged him with Kidnapping, Assault, Assault of a Pregnant Person, Disorderly Conduct, Violation of a Protective Order, Breach of Peace, Threatening, and Criminal Mischief. Firefighters are working to extinguish the fire and determine a cause. This story is developing. Stay with Channel 3 for updates.
Frozen pipes a concern for homeowners as temps dropFollowing Winter Storm Yoshi this weekend, Monday is forecasted to see a drop in temperatures meaning for frozen pipes in homes and businesses. Channel 3 spoke with a plumber who said he receives numerous calls this time of year for frozen or burst pipes. John Doyle, owner of John Doyle Plumbing Services said there are things homeowners and business owners can do to ensure they do not fall victim to a pipe burst. Doyle recommends maintaining your home or business’s fuel source and supply is the most important thing one can do to prevent pipe burst. “One thing you should do is always try to maintain whatever your fuel source is,” said Doyle. “Whether it be oil, propane, those are the ones you have to call and fill up.” Doyle said some homes have a “smart” oil gauge, which allow homeowners to check their oil level remotely in time for a delivery. “All in all, the whole install is definitely under $500,” said Doyle. “Which is well worth it because the service call for a frozen pipe can be almost triple that.” Doyle recommends disconnecting any outdoor faucets and keep temperatures above the upper 50s.
Person killed after being hit by car in BrooklynBROOKLYN, CT (WFSB) – A person was killed after being hit by a car in Brooklyn Friday night. State Police said a section of Providence Road near the 450 block is shut down while crews investigate the crash. The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Lifestar was called to the scene but was cancelled. Troopers said the driver remained on scene, and is cooperating with police. Stay tuned to Channel 3 for updates on this story.
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