Written by Gary Jeanfaivre
With a significant snowstorm bearing down on the state, Simsbury is joining towns throughout the area in announcing school cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 5.
With the expected severity and timing of the storm — it's forecast to dump up to a foot of snow — school districts are taking an unusual step and announcing the closures the night before, instead of the morning of as is customary.
The storm has also caused a delay in the start of the 2014 Legislative Session in Hartford, which was scheduled to start Wednesday.
Travel is expected to be extremely dangerous, according to the National Weather Service, and the combination of heavy snow and ice could lead to downed tree limbs and power lines.
A wintry mix could start as early as 2 a.m. Snow is expected to fall all day and potentially mix back in with sleet later, according to the NWS.