Associated Press Writer
      HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The season's first major winter storm
blanketed Connecticut on Friday, delivering the first blow of an
expected wintery one-two punch with a heavy snow that made highway
travel hazardous.
      Up to 6 inches of snow fell by mid-afternoon in western
Connecticut, and about 3 inches in the Hartford region.
Accumulations as much as 14 inches were expected in some parts of
the state by Saturday, while another storm was expected on Sunday
to drop several more inches of snow, ice and freezing rain, the
National Weather Service said.
      State police on Friday reported numerous accidents across the
state as the brunt of the storm hit in the mid-afternoon.
      Rick DeMatties, a storm monitor for the state Department of
Transportation, said sections of some highways had to be shut down
because of crashes, including Interstate 95 southbound in
Stonington, Route 15 southbound in Hamden, I-84 westbound in
Tolland, I-91 northbound near Cromwell and I-395 in Montville.