CL&P says tree trimming helped reduce outages last night

Outside of one large outage in Middletown due to a snow plow colliding with a utility pole last night, CL&P's Mitch Gross said this morning the state has seen few electrical problems due to Winter Storm Juno.

"We still have a way to go, but so far, so good," he said.

Recent system resiliency efforts undertaken by the utility, which often caused public outrage, have been critical in keeping electrical power flowing, he said.

"Especially our tree-trimming efforts have proven to be beneficial. Trees are the number one cause of outages, especially during storms," Mr. Gross said.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Wilton can expect to see anywhere from three to five additional inches of snow today— significantly less than the 24 to 36 inches predicted on Monday. A blustery north wind of 18 to 21 mph will include gusts as high as 37 mph and could cause significant drifting of snow. Windchill values later Tuesday night will range between -5 and 5 degrees.

Overall, activity was quiet in town overnight and remains so, Captain Don Wakeman of the Wilton police said.

"As of 7:30 this morning, activity in town is still fairly quiet.  There is not much traffic on the roads, which is extremely helpful for the plow trucks.  Overnight there was very little traffic, save for local, state, and private snow plow contractors."

Capt. Wakeman says town officials suggest residents continue to stay off the roads for the remainder of Tuesday.

"It is expected to remain snowing at least through the morning and the roadways are still snow covered and slippery. The Wilton DPW will be continuing to work all day again to clear town roads." he said.