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New Canaan Highway Chief: Stay Away, Big Snow

New Canaan highway crews are hoping not to have a snow-packed winter. A big snowstorm covered the town last Halloween.
New Canaan highway crews are hoping not to have a snow-packed winter. A big snowstorm covered the town last Halloween. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn.  – If Mose Saccary had his way, New Canaan’s winter would be just like last year: as little snow as possible. “I’d like to see the snow stay north of (Interstate) 84 and on the mountains of Vermont when I go skiing,” said Saccary, superintendent of the New Canaan Highway Department. While a more normal winter with more regular snowfall might seem cool for residents who want to see a winter wonderland, it makes things a lot more challenging for his crews to manage the town’s streets and roads. “I’m not a big fan of snow because of what it creates,” he said. Saccary said his department did not have to make many adjustments following last year’s surprise Halloween snowstorm, which was the largest snow event of an otherwise mild winter. It did make things difficult for New Canaan crews, which were still cleaning up from Tropical Storm Irene after it hit town nearly two months earlier. “We just got our heads above water and then we got hit on the head again,” said Saccary, who credited his department for responding so well. Residents responding on our Facebook page seemed to hope the town sees a little more white stuff. “We need a normal winter so we don't get stuck with overpopulation of pests (mosquitoes & ticks) in the spring & summer,” reader Angie Stock wrote, adding that it would be nice if the town does not have to suffer a huge storm that results in lengthy power outages.  Peggy Anderson Lueders wouldn’t mind some snow on a special day of the year. “I would like to see two or three inches of snow on Christmas Eve, but that is it for the year. Thank you very much,” she wrote on Facebook. Are you hoping for a snowier winter this year? Let us know by visiting our Facebook page.

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