By Steven Yablonski, Managing Editor - email
By Matt McFarland
CHESTER, CT (WFSB) -
A tradition at Channel 3 Eyewitness News is the naming of winter storms. The third major winter storm in the state has been named Chester, after a small Middlesex Country town along the Connecticut River.
Working the grill and getting breakfast started, Frank Voccia wants Winter Storm Chester to be much like the quintessential New England town – easy going.
"It's going to be a calm one," he said. "Chester is a laid back place."
Unfortunately Winter Storm Chester is expected to churn up some pretty big snowfall totals in southeastern Connecticut, and on Wednesday morning his breakfast spot, The Villager, will be storm central.
"This is the spot for coffee, town workers, state plows come in," Voccia said. "I'm here early at 5 a.m. to keep these guys warm and give them a hot cup of coffee."
On Tuesday morning as Chester Public Works crews made their final preparations, the vibrant Main Street with its shops and restaurants was abuzz with the storm and its name.
Some said it's pretty fitting.
"It's the perfect town to be in during the wintertime," Valerie Wingate said. "It's quaint, charming and filled with art. The people are very, very friendly."
While the storm is Chester's big day, Channel 3 Eyewitness News met one man in town who is already looking forward to the next big storm, and with good reason.
He's from Deep River.
"I think it's great with all the crazy weather we have here in Connecticut to name (storms) after towns," Scott Miller said. "All I want is D to be Deep River. Deep River is going to be the next storm!"
No such luck. The next storm is actually going to be named after Derby.