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Snow causes problems on the roads, rails

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says all hands were on deck.  Police and firefighters reached out to residents, especially the elderly.  He says the overnight temperatures meant a small skim of snow would be left on the roadways so they wouldn't ice over.  Boughton said the heavy wet snow meant plows were out into the evening hours.  He called on property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses.


Danbury Fire Chief Geoff Herald also asked residents to uncover fire hydrants and clear a path to them.  Danbury received about a foot of snow.


New Fairfield saw about 11 inches fall during this latest storm.  


Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi said roads in his town were in pretty good shape by midday.  But he said they were cleared down to the blacktop so urged caution for the morning commute.


State Police spokesman Lt Paul Vance says Troopers have been kept busy.  By 5pm State Police received 1,200 calls for service.  Vance says some tractor trailers couldn't make the hills on the highway and became disabled in the travel lanes.  There was a serious accident reported around 4:30pm on Interstate 84 between exits 4 and 5 that closed all three lanes.  The accident was cleared fairly quickly, with the highway reopening about 45 minutes later.


Metro-North operated at 75 percent of its normal evening rush hour schedule on Wednesday on its Harlem, Hudson and New Haven rail lines.  Some local and express trains were combined and made additional stops. Consolidated trains left Grand Central Terminal at the later of the two times to help passengers avoid missing trains.

Spokesman Aaron Donovan says Metro-North officials worried that rain arriving in the region would turn to ice, posing a problem for rails, platforms and overhead electric lines.

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