Freezing rain causes crashes, school closings

January 5, 2022 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Numerous car crashes and school closings were reported across Connecticut on Wednesday morning as freezing rain iced over roads.

State police said they were responding to multiple accidents. Parts of several highways were closed because of crashes including Interstate 84 westbound in Southbury and Willington, Route 8 northbound in Naugatuck and Route 66 in Middletown, the state Department of Transportation reported.

The DOT urged people to be cautious and avoid driving if possible.

“Despite crews being activated at midnight, pre-treatment doesn’t stick to dry roads & rain washes it away, making freezing rain extremely dangerous,” a DOT tweet said.

Many cities and towns closed schools Wednesday, including Bridgeport, Stamford and Waterbury. Other school districts had delays of up to two hours.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said in a Facebook post that “flash freezing rain” that was not predicted started falling around 6:45 a.m.

“Our crews are out there responding and salting as fast as they can,” Stewart said. “We are prioritizing those who are injured. I repeat, we are prioritizing injuries.”

At least one state-sponsored coronavirus testing site, in Waterbury, delayed opening for several hours.