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Winter Storm Easton

Travel conditions worsen as storm moves through Litchfield County

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LITCHFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Litchfield County is expected to bear the brunt of Winter Storm Easton and residents could see anywhere from 8 to 16 inches.

Snow continues to come down in Thomaston at a pretty quick pace and the visibility worsens when the wind picks up.

Eyewitness News saw both state and local plows throughout the area as they worked to clear snow-covered roads in Torrington and Thomaston.

The Torrington Public Works Department had 20 drivers out on the road with even more staff available. The crews were clearing roads as well as salting and scraping.

A lot of snow fell in a relatively short time Thursday morning. The snow continued to intensify as Thursday afternoon went on, which meant low visibility on the roadways for drivers.

Parking bans were issued in several Litchfield County towns and people were advised to stay off the roads.

However, Eyewitness News found several people out driving.

"It's white out conditions but we just came out for lunch," said Kevin Campbell, of Torrington. "The kids had no school today so instead of being cooped up at home we came out to eat."

"The roads now are really slick. We saw quite a few people sliding on East Main Street, cars with no four-wheel drive," said Tina Bougie, of Morris. "I'm driving really slow and taking my time."

Fran Johnovitz had no choice. He had to deliver pizzas in the bad weather and he said he was busy.

"They appreciate we come out for them in this weather," Johnovitz said.

One of his customers told Eyewitness News they were grateful for his service.

"I think they're courageous and they shouldn't be working," said Ashley Oaks, who gave Johnovitz a $10 tip. "It's really bad for people for me to be ordering."

While northeastern Connecticut is getting hit hard, people in that area told Eyewitness News after a while, you get used to it.

John Osterman, of Thomaston, stopped home from work and quickly got to work shoveling his front walk. He said it was an effort to clean up and keep up with Winter Storm Easton.

"It's the same old story, seems like all winter," Osterman said. "Just came home from work to get ahead of it. They say it's going to change, so I'm trying to get some of the stuff off." 

While Winter Storm Easton kept most people home, inside Patti's Place the grill sizzled as regulars braved the blowing snow and the freezing cold for a hot breakfast.

Patti's Place was one of the few places open in town.

"My husband came down at 3 (a.m.), checked the sidewalks. The cook came down at 4:30 (a.m.), 5 (a.m.), waiting," said Patti Kelley, the owner of Patti's Place. "We've been busy. We've had people from all over the state, the town."

Right across the way, Red's Hardware was open as well. Shovels and rock salt were available for purchase.

The employees at Red's Hardware told Eyewitness News that salt has been a hot ticket, so much that all the dealers he works with are out of it.

Luckily for Francis Savage, he just needed a shovel to dig his way out of Winter Storm Easton.

Like those who have lived in Litchfield County long enough, Savage said he gets used to the snow, no matter how much, or how often.

"Keep a shovel on hand, keep the salt on hand and keep a snow blower full of gas," Savage said.

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