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Were You Ready for this November Nor'Easter?

Nor'Easter Athena is certainly packing more of a punch than expected.

Updated, Nov. 7, 2012, 10 p.m.

The wind is still gusting and the snow is still falling...and according to the newly added photos (thanks Margaret!), parts of Northford are up to almost nine inches of snow!

School closings or delays have not been announced yet, but Town Manager Bonnie Therrien confirmed reports of tricky rides home for North Branford school buses but that everyone arrived home safely.

Like the school buses, many experienced much longer commutes than normal with Therrien noting her regular 40-minute ride took three hours was "one of the worst drives I've ever had."

Therrien said that Public Works Director Fran Merola and his crews have all of the plows on the road in North Branford.

"They're working away," said Therrien. "These guys must be so tired between all of the storms."

Therrien also encouraged residents to "just stay home" as the "roads are awful."

If you do have to get out tonight, drive safe, folks!  

Original story, Nov. 7, 2012, 5:15 p.m.

Most weather reports told us this Nor'easter would be bringing wind and rain with the possibility of light flurries overnight...that has certainly not been the case today as snowflakes started falling around 10 a.m. and haven't stopped since. 

WXedge reports that "a band of heavy snowfall has stalled over the area" and with added snow throughout the evening, "snowfall will likely total 3 to 6 inches for most of Connecticut, although totals of 7, 8 or even 8+ inches will be possible."

This photo was taken while I froze at the bus stop for 30 minutes waiting for my kids this afternoon! Do you have pictures of the snow at your house? Just click the "Add photos and video" above or below the gallery to share the scene in your neighborhood.

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Tell us: So how do you feel about this early snow? Do you think there will be school tomorrow? 

Lori Blank November 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I want to know why the roads weren't being plowed and sanded, especially with children needing to get home from school. The roads were more treacherous than I've ever seen and requests to plow and sand hills were not met. I am very disappointed. Usually I brag about how much better North Branford takes care of its roads than our neighbors. This was dangerous and unnecessary. What happened? We had plenty of warning.
Jenn McCulloch November 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Hi Lori. I'll certainly check in with Town Hall about it tomorrow. I did see plows out on Route 80 around lunchtime, but I think the original weather reports had it passing over us quickly...Nor'easter Athena apparently had other plans! I've heard that several buses were stuck (which I'll also call to confirm tomorrow). Stay safe (and warm) everyone!
Jenn McCulloch November 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thanks for the photo Donna! Email me (jenn.mcculloch@patch.com) your address and I'll drop off a Patch ice-scraper to you! And I hope you weren't taking pics and driving!! The roads look awful!
Lori Blank November 08, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Thanks, Jenn. I'll look for a response tomorrow. It was brutal out there, today.
Tom November 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Seahill rd was absolutely horrible, i'm surprisef I made home last night, but I agree, the storm took a change that caught all the weathermen off gaurd.
Bonnie Therrien November 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Good Morning Lori - All of the weather reports we had was that it was going to turn to rain, and we did not have all of the trucks ready for plowing with their equipment. Once we had the trucks outfitted, we were out with all available staff and trucks. On my ride home, I noted the same type of road conditions from Rocky Hill to North Branford, and especially the State roads, so I think everyone was caught off guard. Plowing and sanding went on throughout the afternoon into the night, and started up again at 3 am. Our staff did not go home last night. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Town Manager

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