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Ground, Air Travel in Conn. Slow After Storm



    Ground, air travel in Conn. slow after storm

    Conn. received less snow than other New England states, but still felt its effect on roads and in air (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - As far as this snowstorm is concerned, Connecticut got off easy compared to the rest of New England.

    The state got anywhere from four to nine inches of snow. The totals were not too bad, but the weather still wreaked havoc on the airline schedules.

    People trying to get out saw more red than green on the "departures" board - not a good sign. But it had less to do with the weather in Connecticut and more to do with flights that couldn't take off from other airports.

    "Because a lot of our terminating flights did not get in last night, we didn't have the equipment here to make up departures," said Kevin Dillon of Bradley International Airport.

    Things were getting better as the afternoon progressed, but they will likely not be normal until Saturday. As for ground transportation, it was slow, but not impossible. The roads were snow-covered, but the commute was light with schools closed and many businesses opening late.

    "My commute is from Oakdale to Hartford Hospital, so on a good day, it's an hour," said PJ Bigelow.

    Friday was not a good day, but it wasn't all that bad, either, taking PJ an hour and half. The big concern now is the temperature.

    "By this evening, we will see temperatures on the thermometer of minus 15 degrees in some parts of our state, with wind chills, as I said, reaching minus 25," said Gov. Dannel Maloy.

    That means the statewide cold weather protocol is in effect.

    "That allows us to reach out to individuals and make sure that they are housed inside," said Gov. Malloy.

    The governor says the state's homeless shelters are operating at 120 percent of capacity and extending their hours during this cold snap.

    The other concern with these frigid temperatures moving in is frozen pipes. The governor is recommending everyone to take precautions to make sure the pipes in their homes and businesses don't freeze.