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First Major Snow Blankets Hamden

Conditions are expected to improve today after a snowy Saturday.



Winter doesn't officially start for another week, but try telling that to Mother Nature.

Several inches of snow fell throughout the day Saturday, and a winter snow warning is in effect until Sunday morning at 6 a.m.

The town has put a parking ban in effect through Sunday, with no parking allowed on the odd sides of the streets.

The overnight forecast for Saturday into Sunday called for snow before 1 a.m., then freezing rain between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., then rain after 3 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

From the NWS:

The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 18. Blustery, with an east wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch is possible. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Sunday's outlook is looking better, with the NWS calling for a mostly cloudy day with a high of 43 and a low of 19 Sunday night. It will be colder Monday, with highs only around 30.
Linda December 15, 2013 at 09:35 AM
This morning as I was just finishing snow blowing my driveway and was putting the machine back into the garage, a snow plow showed up. The driver waved to me and then proceeded to drop 1-1/2 to 2 feet of snow at the end of my driveway! He backed up and re-plowed one section 3 times, so I at first thought he was moving the snow from in front of the driveway to around the corner. But that wasn't the case. I am a senior with an extremely bad back, and a widow, which means limited income and very little help. If one of us blocked someone's driveway, we'd get a ticket. How do the snow plows get away with it? The kicker is that he purposefully backed up and did that corner section multiple times. It would have taken seconds for him to scoop up at least some of what he blocked my driveway with and dump it at the corner instead. I don't get it.
John Roach December 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Even though the town crews managed to clear the roads nicely so we could get to work on time, several private plowing contractors were busy messing them up again. Whoever it is that plows the apartments on Mix Avenue should be ticketed or at least required to clear up the roads again. Thanks town crews for your hard work. I do have to agree with Linda about how frustrating it is to always have to dig out driveway entrances twice for each storm. Give us a break please!
Linda December 15, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Thank you John. And, I agree. Thanks definitely go to the town road crews for a job well done. I did notice that although the roads were clear pretty much down to the payment, the plow trucks continued to go over them several times. Time/money better spent on the next storm I would say. And I do want to reiterate the frustration of having several feet of snow - hard packed boulder size pieces of snow - dumped at the driveway entrance blocking us in. If there were an emergency, we wouldn't be able to get out. It weighs a ton and isn't able to be cleared with a snow blower. Yes indeed - a break please!
Thomas Alegi December 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Suggestion to Mayor Jackson (who does read the HamdenPatch)…… Disabled Hamden residents can have their trash bans picked up in their yards. With that said, why can’t Linda and other disabled Hamden residents have their driveway entrances removed of snow by Hamden’s public works…… How would the town pay for this service to Hamden’s disabled? Simple, part of the money saved from Hamden’s new cost saving trash strategy would be used to clean the driveway entrances of Hamden’s disabled residents. And the same Hamden resident disable yard trash bin pickup qualifiers can be used by Hamden’s Public Works to determine who is qualified for driveway entrance snow removal. What do you say?
J D C December 15, 2013 at 08:10 PM
First off I have NEVER seen worse plow drivers than there are now, and that INCLUDES all the old timers who plowed DRUNK! Five feet from the curb, all the snow pushed to ONE side of the street, driveway APRONS bombarded with packed, street filled snow. Hey guys, that little lever on the dash or just below MOVES the direction of the plow! Try USING it! All they have to do is STRAIGHTEN the plow going by a driveway to avoid dumping everything onto your apron, at LEAST. If done RIGHT, you would have minimal amounts of snow in your driveway, they just dont KNOW how to do it, or are in too much of a hurry. Linda if I were YOU, next time flag the guy over and ask him to remove what he did, he will probably do it for you, if anything most of them are good guys.
Basha Wassermann December 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Many of us have had a similar upsetting experience as JDC has had. I and many other homeowners in Hamden pay a high fee for professional snow removal companies to remove snow after a storm. So paying a high fee to remove my snow, and just soon after, snow plows throwing all the snow PLUS back onto our sidewalks is very disturbing and presents a safety hazard to people who walk on the sidewalks--homeowners are not able to constantly shovel the snow constantly thrown on our sidewalks and driveways by these snow plow drivers. I suggest you all write letters of complaint to the Mayor--Mayor Jackson.
Basha Wassermann December 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM
NOTE TO HAMDEN PATCH EDITOR: I am quite upset that someone superimposed on my Dec. 15 letter re snow removal problems, on top of one of the words in my letter--(the word is "complaint")--their word, "AdChoices"--with a blue arrow attached to it, to enable a reader to click on the arrow.. This is a very dishonest, unethical way to advertise one's business. I myself will make sure to boycott "AdChoices".
Basha Wassermann December 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM
follow up NOTE TO HAMDEN PATCH EDITOR: when the person who superimposed the business name "AdChoices" over my word "complaint" (in my letter re snow plow problems) by that person superimposing "AdChoices" in a blue field, he/she completely erased my entire letter. Note: Before they did this to my letter, a letter re snow plow problems I had written earlier, still exists. But the letter I wrote after that one, was completely erased by "AdChoices" superimposed over one of my words, which was "complaint."
Thomas Alegi December 16, 2013 at 07:17 AM
When I was a younger man I plowed show for Hamden back in the 60ths. I would be called in when a driver got sick, it wasn’t easy job then. Today it’s still not an easy job, but today there is more pressure on the drivers to do the snow routes faster to cut costs. And many snow plow routes have gotten larger meaning fewer trucks on the road. The frontline town employees who should held responsible for the poor snow plowing skills of today’s public works snow plow drivers is the public works director. Altimetry it’s the mayor who appointed this public works director and Altimetry is the mayor who can replace him. There are still thousands of bag of leafs still on the streets of Hamden, these leaf bags don’t help snow plow drives or residents of Hamden from removing snow correctly from roadways and streets. If you see something wrong in Hamden post it on Youtube, a picture is worth a thousand words. Remember to mention the mayors name if appropriate. Maybe the HamdenPatch can come up with a way so Hamden residents can post images and videos to the "Leave Comment" area. Just a thought!

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