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Slushy Day Gets Thumbs Down in New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – John Burnap was not looking forward to venturing into the elements on Wednesday.

Burnap, 62, had all the enthusiasm of a man headed for a root canal as he prepared to leave the New Canaan Starbucks coffee shop to return home, all while a wintry mix of slushy snow and rain came down from the gray skies above.

“No, I don’t like it. Who does? Maybe frogs like this kind of weather,” Burnap said with a smile.

Visitors to downtown New Canaan were not at all enamored by the weather on Leap Day, a wintry mix of rain and snow that kept the umbrellas high and people rushing to get indoors or to their cars quickly.

Tim Slapnicka lamented the cold weather, walking under his umbrella on Elm Street. “This is wacky and unusual. You never know what’s going to happen,” he said.

Slapnicka plans to travel to the Turks and Caicos islands to avoid more nasty winter weather should March decide to make up for the largely snowless winter New Canaan experienced this year.  “I’m happy with the way this winter was,” he said.

While others sought shelter, Josh Creedon and Jesse Vernon weren’t so fortunate. The volunteers from the drug education program, Teen Challenge, had to stand in front of Dunkin’ Donuts on Elm Street. They could only watch as the soggy weather soaked much of their anti-drug literature.

“I would rather have full on snow than I would sleet,” said Creedon, 22, of New Haven. “Snow is nice, you can deal with snow and it’s not as messy. But sleet is a different kettle of fish.”

Creedon and Vernon planned to stay out until 2 p.m. Wednesday, not that anyone was envious of them with precipitation expected to continue until 7 p.m.

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