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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Connecticut and town crews worked throughout the state Thursday to clear the main highways and secondary roads.
There were 632 Connecticut Department of Transportation trucks as well as 200 private contractors being used on Thursday to treat the state roads, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.
Even though Eyewitness News spotted several drivers on Connecticut roads, the governor and state police advised people to stay off the roads.
"The roads continue to be treacherous," Malloy said.
Connecticut State Police have been called to 800 emergency calls, including 60 crashes. In six of those crashes, people were injured, Malloy said.
Police told Eyewitness News they have been ticketing drivers who have not cleaned the snow off their vehicles.
Malloy placed a ban on tandem trucks, which are also known as double tractor-trailers, on primary and secondary roads. That became effective at 4 a.m. on Thursday.
On Thursday, AAA's Roadside Rescue Team was called to 739 emergency road service calls in the Greater Hartford area and Eastern Connecticut. These calls were for "towing service and winch outs."
The call volume for AAA was expected to increase on Friday as more people drive on the roadways.
AAA crews have responded to more than 50,000 emergency calls since the start of winter.
Officials with Connecticut Light & Power set up their emergency operations center. However, there were only a few scattered power outages.
All non-essential, first-shift state employees are being advised to come in on a "one-hour delay based on the time that each employee would normally report to work," Malloy said. He added he did this to "stagger the early morning rush hour commute."
On Thursday, all non-essential first and second shift state employees did not report to work.
Court officials also said all judicial branch courthouses and administrative offices will be closed Thursday. All juries scheduled for Thursday and Friday were canceled because of Winter Storm Easton.
Winter Storm Easton hits Connecticut on Thursday
A winter weather advisory was in effect Friday for Litchfield County as the state looked to clean up after Winter Storm Easton. That was in place until 6 p.m.
The winter storm warnings that were in place for the state before Winter Storm Easton hit have all expired, according to WFSB meteorologists.
More snow fell between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. across the state. For several hours, 2 to 4 inches per hour snowfall rates were being reported to WFSB meteorologists.
Southwestern Connecticut was hit the hardest with New Canaan and Darien getting more than a foot of snow.
Meteorologists Scot Haney and Mark Dixon said the state should see clearing snow and clouds later Friday.
"By noon, we should see brighter skies," Haney said. "Temperatures will rise through the 30s to possibly near 40 degrees and that will have crews get the roads back into really good shape."
However, Dixon and Haney said Connecticut won't see much of a rest.
The snow is expected to start falling mid-to-late Saturday morning. The highest accumulation of snow will be in eastern Connecticut near the Rhode Island border where 2 to 5 inches could fall, Dixon forecasted.
While in western Connecticut near the New York border, people could see around 2 inches of snow.
Another storm could hit the state on Sunday night, according to various reports. However, Dixon said "Sunday will feature dry, sunnier and windy weather with highs in the mid/upper 20s."
Haney and Dixon said they'll be keeping an eye on the system and will provide updates throughout the day.
Thursday's storm named after town of Easton
As of Tuesday afternoon, WFSB meteorologists named Thursday's storm Winter Storm Easton.
The naming of winter storms is a longtime tradition at WFSB, back to when the station was called WTIC. The television station has been naming storms since 1971.
This year, storms are being named after Connecticut towns that could also be a person's name.
Easton is the fifth major winter storm to hit Connecticut this year following Ashford, Bethany, Chester and Derby.
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