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Wednesday, December 7 News

Slippery situation expected Thursday

BRIDGEPORT -- Snow and freezing rain pummeled southwestern Connecticut for much of Wednesday, leading to school closures, throwing trains off schedule and forcing workers to stay home and shovel out.

Problems caused by the storm were expected to continue.

An icy forecast caused many area schools to announce delayed openings for Thursday, and slippery roads threaten to make the morning commute a slippery mess.

The National Weather Service office in New York said late Wednesday afternoon that more freezing rain could continue through the night, and that patches of black ice could develop by the time drivers hit the highways Thursday morning.

The weather service said that towns in southwestern Connecticut had received 6 to 10 inches of snow. The highest total reported by the weather service's regional office was in Trumbull, which reportedly received 10.5 inches.

Most area schools are expected to be in session, but they'll open later than usual. Officials from both Bridgeport and Oxford public schools said their districts would open after a two-hour delay Thursday. Shelton public and parochial schools announced that they would open after a 90-minute delay, with no a.m. kindergarten or pre-kindergarten classes.