Those who live in the New Haven area already understand that Connecticut winters are relatively harsh, especially as the end of the season approaches. Winter technically begins on December 21, on the day of the winter solstice. Winter ends on the Spring Equinox, which in 2020 will be on March 19.
Although it might seem reasonable to assume that weather becomes milder as the season gets closer to spring, in reality, late winter tends to be the time of year when Connecticut has the coldest temperatures and highest levels of snowfall. The increased frozen precipitation and low light levels can combine to make driving unsafe in late winter.
All of the colder months bring with them risks, from freezing rain on the pavement to decreased visibility due to longer nights. February, in particular, will be a dangerous month for Connecticut drivers most years, as it is the month when the most snow tends to fall.
Connecticut gets over 2 feet of snow every winter
Safety researchers and those who study the weather carefully track precipitation and temperatures across the country. The statistics together can help people make more realistic weather predictions in the future while also helping scientists and analysts to better understand the factors that contribute to crash rates and other weather-related issues.
Most years, Connecticut gets just over 27.5 inches of snow. Some years, like last year, the amount of snow that comes down is less than the average from other years. Although it can be hard to predict exactly how much snow will fall, researchers can say with some certainty when it will fall.
January is a month with substantial snowfall most years, and February averages more snow than January. It is likely that much of the annual snowfall will come down in January and February, leading to dangerous roads and the increased risk of weather-related crashes for people in New Haven and nearby.
Protect yourself and your loved ones from winter roadway risk
Understanding that the new year will bring with it the increased risk of inclement weather and high levels of snowfall can assist you in making better decisions about travel with your family or your daily commute to work.
Given that you will likely have to deal with substantial snowfall in January and February, adjusting your daily schedule to get up a little earlier and potentially leave for work earlier every day can help you stay safe by allowing you the flexibility to adjust your schedule based on the weather conditions in the morning. Driving more slowly or choosing to wait to make a trip until after things warm up can help you avoid risk on the roads.
Of course, life goes on no matter how bad the weather gets, and your best driving practices can’t protect you from the bad choices of other people. In the event that someone who doesn’t drive in a manner that accurately reflects weather conditions causes a crash that injures you or causes property damage, you can likely bring a personal injury claim against that driver to recover your financial losses.