SHELTON STORM UPDATE: It's now all rain, roads are so-so
UPDATE: As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the precipitation in Shelton has changed to all rain. This follows a period of sleet and freezing rain.
Early this morning, from 5 to 6 inches of snow fell in Shelton — much of it at a fast clip between 4:30 and 7 a.m.
Route 8 in Shelton is now plowed on the highway itself, with almost all asphalt visible, but exit and entrance ramps are bad, with piles of snow. A vehicle was just observed stuck in the snow on the Exit 12 (Old Stratford Road) southbound entrance ramp.
Within Shelton, main thoroughfares are passable but secondary roads are more iffy. Like with the highway exits and entrances, the biggest issue is piles of snow in the road from plowing.
8:15: A light frozen drizzle or rain is falling in southern Shelton. The snow appears to have come to an end in this part of town, which is at a lower elevation than Shelton neighborhoods such as Huntington and White Hills.
The temperature in Shelton is slightly below 30 degrees, according to weather.com, and is expected to rise into the mid-30s during the course of the day.
It appears that about 5 inches to 5.5 inches of snow fell in Shelton before the change-over.
7:30 A.M.: The precipitation in Shelton is beginning to change from snow to a combination of freezing rain and snow.
It appears that about 5 inches to 5.5 inches of snow has fallen in southern Shelton, near Bridgeport Avenue.
Areas farther inland in Connecticut are expected to get more snow, with the switch to sleet and freezing rain expected to occur later in the day.
Shelton and most of the state also should expect a layer of ice to form toward the end of the storm, according to forecasters.
EARLIER: As of 6 a.m. on Wednesday in Shelton, snow is coming down at a very heavy rate. It appears that almost 4 inches of snow has already fallen in Shelton.
This indicates that an inch or more an hour is falling in the city, with only 1.5 inches having been on the ground in Shelton at 4:30 a.m.
More snowplows are visible on the roads as the morning commute nears, but it may be hard for the plows to keep up with such rapid accumulation.
The snow should eventually change to sleet and freezing rain in the late morning.
Forecasters are predicting 4 to 8 inches of snow in Shelton before the change-over.