Two car crashes attest to slippery road conditions

Sunday afternoon update: Police have already responded to two car accidents, according to Police Chief Rich Doyle. A car vs utility pole crash occurred near 385 Morehouse Road. The pole was damaged but there were no injuries. Frontier Communications responded and secured  the pole. A minor two-car crash happened at Center and Morehouse roads.

“Very slippery conditions exist at this time,” Doyle said.

“Our favourite amusement during that winter was tobogganing. In places the shore of the lake rises abruptly from the water’s edge. Down these steep slopes we used to coast. We would get on our toboggan, a boy would give us a shove, and off we went! Plunging through drifts, leaping hollows, swooping down upon the lake, we would shoot across its gleaming surface to the opposite bank. What joy! What exhilarating madness! For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine!” — Helen Keller

Snow is blanketing Easton and the region today, Sunday, having started around 9 a.m. It is forecast to continue throughout the day. Precipitation is 100%, and the local area could get total daytime accumulation of up to seven inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

“The roads are slippery and getting worse,” Police Chief Rich Doyle said. “The storm is fast moving and should be over some time after 5 p.m. Public works is out clearing and sanding the roadways. As always, we urge residents to stay home until it is safe to go out.”

The good thing about a Sunday storm is that school is out and most people can stay at home and watch the falling snow from the warmth and sanctity of home.

If you have a service to help your neighbors or have a need fore non-emergency assistance during the storm, the First Selectman’s Office is compiling a list in conjunction with the Easton Courier. Find out more here: Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.