[Updated] Wednesday, Ja. 16, 3 p.m.
Director of Public Works John Phillips reported that the parking ban was lifted as of 1 p.m. He appreciates the efforts of motorists to keep their cars off the streets and said not a single car needed to be towed.
The snow stopped earlier than anticipated, he said, so crews finished plowing ahead of schedule. However, since roads will likely remain wet icy spots are possible on Wednesday night once temperatures dip below freezing.
"Please drive carefully when traveling tonight," Phillips said.
As of 6:30 this morning all available Department of Public Works crews are out plowing the town’s arterial roads, then secondaries, and then will move into West Hartford's neighborhoods.
The snow is heavy and wet. which means it comes off our plows like a ton of bricks.
Please stay back from our plow trucks and do not attempt to pass. I would expect the morning commute to be difficult to navigate.
By observation the state highways are bumper to bumper with traffic.
We anticipate the roads to improve by mid morning to mid day as the snowfall rates decline.
We will be calling all of our contracted plow trucks in by mid morning to help plow West Hartford's 215 miles of road and 38 plow routes.
I have issued a parking ban to assist our plow drivers with parked cars that prevent us from doing our job safely. Please park off street or you run the risk of being towed.
We have several fulltime staff out sick, adding to the workload of available crews and contractors. We are out working hard to make this morning commute as safe as possible in these snowy conditions.
Schools are closed today.