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Parts of Connecticut dig out after nor'easter rolls through the region

Utility companies are working to restore power as winds pick up.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Residents in parts of Connecticut are digging out of a nor’easter Wednesday that dumped several inches of snow and caused numerous power outages and school cancellations.

The storm began Monday night and lasted throughout Tuesday, dumping up to 18 inches of snow in the northern part of the state before moving on.

Utility companies were hard at work Wednesday morning to quickly restore power to the several hundred customers still with the lights out.

“It was a busy day through some very tough conditions. The crews – as they always do – worked 24 hours a day and continue to make really good progress,” Mitch Gross with Eversource said on the FOX61 Morning News on Wednesday. “The winds are picking up and they could cause some problems from time to time, but the push is on.”

Gross said Eversource has restored power to more than 30,000 customers since Monday.

“It was the heavy wet snow, it was difficult travel – it continues to be difficult travel and some very difficult conditions to work in,” he added. “But [the crews] are the best in the business and the work continues.

The town of Goshen saw some of the most power outages across the state at the height of the problems as heavy snow piled on power lines and trees for hours.

Gavin Carter told FOX61 News that he is regretting not buying a new generator this year.

“I’m going to be in trouble with the wife, for not having one again but we don’t have one here I think last year when we had a wet snowstorm like this it was a week without power but hopefully not this time,” he said.

FOX61 meteorologists said it was a “high-impact snowstorm” for those who lived in the hills of northwestern Connecticut, while it was a dull storm for a lot of the state.

The town of Hartland appears to have received the most snow, with 18 inches, however, Norfolk and Granby were not far behind with 15 inches. As mentioned, the range of snowfall depended on the municipality’s elevation with more than a foot falling in New Hartford and Burlington all the way down to inches in Danbury and beyond.

In Norfolk, leaders said they are working quickly to improve conditions in the town.

“A lot of our towns and neighboring towns including ours have been putting our updates on Facebook and social so I urge everybody to keep updated using social media if you can,” Jon Barbagallo, the public information officer for Norfolk.

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Elsewhere in New England, some of the highest snow totals reported were 35 inches in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and in Ashby, Massachusetts, about 15 miles away, the National Weather Service said. At least 2 feet of snow fell in parts of northern New York and the Catskill Mountains, with Indian Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains recording 31 inches.

“The storm is still centered off the New England coast and there's still some snow showers wrapping around the backside of the system that is impacting portions of New England,” National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Pereira said. He added the system is expected to “gradually work its way off to the East.”

There were concerns about roofs weighed down by the snow. An inflatable sports arena dome collapsed in Goffstown, New Hampshire, which received about 15 inches (38 cm) of snow. It wasn't immediately known whether anyone was inside at the time or if there were any injuries.

Several cows were killed when a barn collapsed at a dairy farm in Dracut, Massachusetts. The owners of Shaw Farm said in a statement Tuesday that they “experienced one of life’s unexpected challenges,” adding that no staff members were hurt.

During the worst of the storm Tuesday, about 2,100 flights traveling to, from or within the U.S. were canceled, with Boston and New York City area airports seeing the highest number of scrubbed flights, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. Numerous schools had been closed; many were running on a delayed schedule Wednesday.

FOX61's Brooke Griffin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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