Thirty inches. That’s the estimated amount of snow that fell in Monroe from Friday into Saturday morning from Storm Nemo.
And what a challenge it’s turning out to be to get rid of all that white stuff.
Finding a place to put the snow can be a problem. Snow is piled high along roads — so high, it’s blocking sight lines at intersections as well as stop signs in some places. Plows can only do so much — payloaders are needed in many spots, such as commercial parking lots.
Everything closed Saturday
On Saturday, Monroe and most of the state was essentially shut down. Most drivers obeyed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s statewide travel ban, although there wasn’t anywhere to go anyway. Almost all stores were closed. Employees couldn’t get to the stores if they did open.
The travel ban was lifted Saturday at 4 p.m., and more stores should open today — especially later in the day, as commercial parking lots are cleared by contractors.
For many people, the issue is being able to get their vehicles out of their driveways. Private contractors are overwhelmed, and can only attempt to plow driveways if the public road has been adequately cleared to provide them access.
Whether schools will open Monday in Monroe likely will depend on the progress made Sunday on clearing large parking lots at the schools, plus improvements in making all public roads in town passable for buses.
Sunny on Sunday
The weather on Sunday should be somewhat nicer, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-30s. That’s good shoveling weather.
Unfortunately, Monday could bring sleet and rain, adding to the weight of the snow on roofs and, of course, on the ground when it comes to shoveling and plowing.
Temperatures should get into the 40s on Monday and Tuesday, helping to melt some of the accumulated snow.