HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A fierce nor’easter dropped a foot of snow or more over much of Connecticut, hitting hardest in the eastern part of the state.
Towns in eastern Connecticut were catching the brunt of the snowfall, with 22.5 inches reported in Hampton by 10 a.m. and 20 inches reported in Killingly. Towns in western Connecticut were reporting less than 6 inches of snow. The National Weather Service said the snow is expected to taper off by 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. For central Connecticut, the weather service reduced its forecast to up to 16 inches, down from the initial estimate of up to 2 feet.
Despite fears that the storm could knock out power to more than 100,000 customers in Connecticut, outages have been minimal so far.
Connecticut Light & Power warned customers Monday that the storm could bring down power lines and knock out electricity, but it was reporting only 1,600 customers in Greenwich without power Tuesday morning.
Al Lara, a spokesman for CL&P parent company Northeast Utilities, said the snow has been light and powdery, posing little threat to power lines that typically come down under ice or wet and heavy snow. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said an early-morning outage, affecting more than 500 customers, was the result of a plow truck hitting a utility pole.