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Monday, September 24 Weather

NWS: Freezing temperatures could make evening commute hazardous

Below is the most up-to-date information on Tuesday’s snowfall in Connecticut, which barely hit the southern part of the state and dropped more than 10 inches in some areas in the northern part of the state.

UPDATE 9 P.M.

Bradley International Airport is open and clean-up operations are nearing complete.

A number of cancellations are expected in the morning as some airlines continue to work on returning to their normal flight operations after Tuesday’s nor’easter.

Those expected to travel in the morning should check with their airline before traveling to the airport. Several airlines are offering travel waivers.

Flight status updates can be found at www.flybdl.org. Twitter users can get automated updates by tweeting their flight number to @BDLFlightInfo.

UPDATE 6:30 P.M.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Tuesday for Fairfield County and nearby counties because temperatures could drop into the 20s during the evening, “resulting in freezing of the heavy, wet snow from today’s nor’easter. Slush and standing water will likely freeze resulting in continuation of hazardous travel conditions.”

UPDATE 6:15 P.M.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday for northern Litchfield County.

The snow is expected to continue to fall in the area into the evening, with an expected snow accumulation of up to 2 inches.

This could cause difficult travel conditions during the evening commute, the National Weather Service said. There will be significantly reduced visibility at times.

UPDATE 5:25 P.M.

Bradley International Airport remained open Tuesday through the storm.

About 75 percent of Tuesday flights were canceled. Cancellations are expected to carry on into the evening, but there are still a number of on-time flights.

People scheduled to travel with the airport are advised to check with their airline on their individual flight itineraries and any potential re-booking options before heading to the airport. Multiple airlines are issuing travel waivers.

There are real time flight updates available at www.flybdl.org. Twitter users can received automated updates by tweeting their flight number to @BDLFlightInfo.

UPDATE 4:35 P.M.

State police reported, between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m., troopers responded to 810 calls for service, 170 motorist assists, 75 accidents without injuries, two accidents with injuries and zero fatalities.

UPDATE 4 P.M.

Brookfield police said roads are in good condition. There were no crashes or road closures during the storm, police said.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said there haven't been any major incidents or issues to report and they obviously haven't had any bad outage problems to deal with — not like last week, at least, he said.

“We didn’t get as much snow as we were thinking, so we’re pretty good so far,” Boughton said. “Our public works crews will work the rest of the day and clean and clear areas, like the schools, but we’re in good shape.”

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UPDATE 3:45 P.M.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s Tuesday evening, resulting in the possibility of freezing on roadways that were hit with heavy, wet snow during the snowfall earlier in the day. Slush and standing water will likely freeze, causing hazardous travel conditions.

UPDATE 3:30 P.M.

Bridgeport‘s city services and departments closed for the day at noon due to the “significant snowfall.”

Police in Fairfield took to social media to warn drivers of post-storm conditions, urging residents to use caution when driving.

“Near freezing temperatures may cause slipping and road hazards with black ice on wet surfaces,” Fairfield police said.

In Monroe, police said the town-wide parking ban is in effect for the rest of Tuesday. All cars, trailers, basketball hoops and other items should be removed from the roadway so the roads can be cleared of any snow.

Earlier in the day, Monroe police said, there were several reports of accidents and vehicles stuck in the snow during the storm.

Norwalk police canceled Tuesday afternoon’s public fingerprinting. The department said public fingerprinting will be made available on Wednesday. And police have added additional times for fingerprinting on Thursday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Redding Park and Recreation has extended its open gym hours at the community center Tuesday afternoon so people can get out of the house. The session is open from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Town offices and schools were closed Tuesday morning. Town offices will reopen at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

There are no power outages in Redding. Police Capt. Mark O’Donnell also reported only one accident Tuesday. He said there were no injuries.

Ridgefield Emergency Manager Dick Aarons said the "huge, everybody out type plowing" is winding down as crews get the last of the snow off the roads. Snow stopped falling in Ridgefield early Tuesday afternoon and reached about 8.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service totals.

"We were certainly ready to tackle yet another one if we got hit with it," Aarons said. "But we're delighted at this point that it was a much milder March storm than the previous two."

The only snow-related incident was when a private plow truck hit a utility pole, Aarons said. The accident caused power outages at five houses, but has since been cleared and power has been restored.

The annual Wilton Police Awards Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Wilton Library has been postponed because of the weather. A make-up date has not yet been announced.

UPDATE: 1:43 PM

Here’s the forecast through Wednesday night:

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of light snow before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Wednesday night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. West wind around 13 mph.

UPDATE: 1:15 PM

New Milford police are responding to a crash on Route 7 near the 1st and 10 Sports Bar and Grill.

UPDATE: 12:57 PM

The Winter Storm Warning will now end at 2 p.m., the National Weather Service says.

Early Tuesday morning it said the warning will end at 6 p.m.

By noon it revised the warning saying it would end at 4 p.m.

It also cut back on an additional accumumation to of 1 to 2 inches.

Mid-morning it projected additional accumulation of 3 to 5 inches.

UPDATE: 12:38 PM

As the snow stops falling in Danbury, local police said roads are better than expected in the snowstorm.

In the Danbury area, only Rock Road at Mamanasco Road in Ridgefield is closed because of low hanging wires.

But state police dispatchers in Southbury and Litchfield and Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Newtown and Redding police reported no crashes or road closures Tuesday morning. All roads are open in these towns, police said.

While Sgt. Gary Coe said Danbury’s roads are “pretty good” the city’s parking ban remains in effect. The police department said on Twitter the city is in a “level one” snow alert and urged drivers to move their cars off the streets, so crews can remove snow.

“Conditions are still hazardous so if you must be driving, take it slow,” the department said on Twitter.

Bethel police also asked drivers to avoid the roads.

“Hopefully people will stay off the roads so they can be cleaned up by our highway department,” a dispatcher said.

UPDATE: 12:15 PM

A car crashed into a pole on Pumpkin Hill Road in New Milford around noon Tuesday, according to police.

UPDATE: 12:03 PM

The snow had ended in Norwalk with skies starting to brighten.

UPDATE: 11:55 AM

From the latest NWS weather discussion:

“Quiet conditions for the end of the week through the weekend as high pressure slowly builds across the region. Temperatures will be below normal through the middle of the weekend then normal for Sunday and Monday.

“There are indications of another storm possibly approaching the area for the beginning of next week.”

Hmmm ...

To read more, click here

UPDATE: 11:40 AM

Newtown tops the list for having the highest snow accumulation in the tri-state region, according to the National Weather Service.

Newtown: 10.8 inches

Bethel: 9 inches

Ridgefield: 8.3 inches

Wilton: 6.8 inches

Easton: 6.5 inches

New Fairfield: 6.5 inches

New Canaan: 5.5 inches

Seymour: 4.5 inches

Monroe: 3.1 inches

Greenwich: 2.5 inches

To see the complete list, click here.

UPDATE: 11:24 AM

Though still windy, the snow appears to have all but fizzled out in Stamford. There has been little to no snow accumulation and the roads remain wet but clear.

Dispatch reports throughout the morning have given no indications of road closings, damage or traffic incidents related to the storm.

Power outage numbers in Stamford appear to fluctuate frequently. At about 9:30 a.m. the Eversource outage map showed 40 customers without power. That number quickly dropped to one and has since risen to eight.

The map shows 21 customer outages in New Canaan and two in Norwalk.

As of 11 a.m. there were approximately 2,300 outages statewide, a majority of which appear to be in the central and eastern parts of the state.

UPDATE: 11:16 AM

Weather Channel expert Tom Niziol said that that fact that Tuesday’s storm tracked to the south of Long Island meant that it was able to pull in more cold air.

“Nor’easters are always a tough calls, and this was no exception,” he said. “In this storm the low has tracked just a little farther off the coast, so what that does is that it insures snow all the way to the shoreline - the cold air has settled in just a little deeper.”

He said that although February typically offers the best chance for snow in Connecticut, March is no slouch in that department.

“March is a very volatile month - the seasons are changing and it can be a very energetic time of the year,” Niziol said. “You can certainly get some big ones in March.”

UPDATE: 11:07 AM

More power outages are being across southwest Connecticut.

United Illuminating reports more than outages with 74 in Easton, 27 in Fairfield and three in Trunbull.

Eversource outages include 71 in Newtown, eight in Stamford and a handful in Wilton and Weston.

Eversource said there are more than 2,400 outages, most in eastern Connecticut.

UPDATE: 10:51 AM

Temperatures remain close to freezing, according to the National Weather Service.

Oxford airport is the coldest at 30 degrees, followed by Danbury with 32 degrees “with snow and fog.”

Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford and Tweed-New Haven Airport in East Haven check in at 32 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-20s away from the shoreline and near 30 at the coast.

UPDATE: 10:36 AM

The National Weather Service is ending its winter storm warning two hours early for Fairfield and New Haven counties.

It also canceled its winter weather advisory for the New York City area “because snow accumulations have been limited to colder surfaces with little, if any, accumulation of roadways.”

For southern Connecticut, it said “additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected.”

Schools are closed, highway crews are out and first shift, “non-essential” state workers were told to stay home.

While some inland areas have already received several inches of snow, the shoreline has seen an average of 1 to 2 inches. Many roads have remained wet, not snow covered.

Highest snow accumulations are away from the shoreline that has snow mixed with rain.

The snow will be mainly before 5 p.m. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 34. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. North wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

UPDATE: 10:17 AM

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said while Tuesday’s third nor’easter in 10 days created some challenges for the morning commute, he only predicts a mild to moderate impact on evening travel. State agencies closed Tuesday and many private businesses meaning highway volumes will be down.

But the governor noted that temperatures across the state could drop, creating ice and worsening roadway conditions.

“We are concerned about a drop in temperature what that could mean,” he said, speaking to press from the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford.

There are currently about 1,800 power outages across the state, Malloy reported, due to some heavy snow that fell Tuesday morning. However, Malloy predicted fewer outages this storm than the 160,000 outages experienced last week.

As of 9:45 a.m. Connecticut has had 26 accidents, including two roll-overs and one injury, Malloy said.

Malloy said the drivers in those rollovers were “insufficiently cautious.”

He urged caution on the roadways and told those that do not need to travel, don’t.

Metro North and Connecticut buses are running full service, but Amtrak and Shore Line East trains have been suspended.

Unlike the nor’easter on Wednesday, Connecticut does not have a truck ban in effect Tuesday, although Rhode Island does.

“We are not experiencing problems but we are obviously monitoring that situation,” Malloy said.

At Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, 65 percent of incoming and outgoing flights have been cancelled, Malloy said. However, the airport is fully operational.

While he said there is no exact cost on how much the state has spent on keeping roads clear during the three nor’asters, “there’s no doubt it exceeded the amount we budgeted.”

UPDATE: 10:04 AM

Snow is beginning to accumulate in Greenwich, but town officials say so far the morning has run smoothly.

Schools, town hall and other public facilities are operating on normal schedules, said Emergency Management Director Daniel Warzoha around 9:45 a.m., as the storm is forecast to slow down in the western part of the state where Greenwich is located by early afternoon.

“We still have a lot of roads that are straight pavement,” Warzoha said. “There’s snow building up on the grassy areas and on the trees and that kind of stuff, but so far no major incidents.”

However, there is still one road blocked - Bedford Road near Steeple Chase.

Verizon and Cablevision wires are down ad both providers are expected to attend to the area today to get the area back online.

“It’s been out there since the get-go of the original storm,” the director said. “People have been driving over the wires… but we’ve got to get those out of the right of way and get those back on the poles.”

UPDATE: 9:59 AM

Connecticut State Police Statewide Activity:

March 13, 2018 4:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Calls for service: 312

Accidents no injuries: 26

Accidents with injuries: 1

Fatalities: 0

Motorist assists: 64

UPDATE: 9:54 AM

Eversource reporting more than 1,600 outages, nearly all in eastern Connecticut.

Scattered outages in Wilton and Stamford.

UPDATE: 9:36 AM

The snowfall and wind has ramped up in Stamford as sheets of large fluffy snowflakes plummet from the sky. Though not there yet, conditions look as if the snow will start sticking soon.

Roads remain wet but clear and traffic in the downtown area appeared lighter than usual for the morning commute. Plows can be seen patrolling throughout the city, monitoring road conditions.

Some power outages have popped up in Stamford, likely as a result of the wet snow and wind. According to the Eversource outage map, there are currently 40 Stamford customers without power.

UPDATE: 9:25 AM

How much snow is collecting on the ground depends on where you are in Connecticut.

Along the shoreline, temperatures are 34 in Stamford, 35 in Bridgeport and east to Stonington.

Move further inland to towns like Newtown, Danbury, Brookfield or New Milford, the temperatures is 31 degrees.

The coldest spots - at 29 degrees - include Cornwall, Norfolk and Sailsbury.

Most of the snow falling in southern Connecticut is wet snow.

UPDATE: 9:05 AM

Here are the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service:

Wilton: 3.8 inches

Ridgefield: 3.5 inches

Bethel: 3.5 inches

Monroe: 3.1 inches

Newtown: 2.8 inches

Easton: 2 inches

To see the complete list on tri-state area totals, click here

UPDATE: 8:47 AM

Heavy bands of snow are moving across western Connecticut.

Roads that were just wet are now becoming snow covered.

UPDATE: 8:30 AM

As Greenwich residents began Tuesday commutes as usual, large fluffy snow flakes fell, turning into water by the time they hit the roads.

Schools are on schedule and plows have begun their rounds, ensuring whatever does stick is cleared for motorists and pedestrians.

Greenwich Emergency Management was not immediately available for comment as of 8:30 a.m. but Eversource Energy spokesman Mitch Gross said people are urged to take caution and prepare for this storm like the others.

"Everything was taken care of from the last storms," he said. "Now we are focusing on this one.

"All the Eversource line and tree crews and many of the out-of-state mutual support crews are still here and ready to respond as well," said Gross.

And he said although he is not a meteorologist, the Eversource spokesman could not remember seeing a weather pattern like this in recent years.

"Back to back, to back, no," he said. "I can't remember anything like this."

UPDATE: 8:45 AM

Now, we have an accident. It’s an overturned vehicle on the northbound Merritt Parkway between Exit 40B and 41 in Norwalk.

The accident has closed the right lane.

No word yet on whether anyone was injured.

UPDATE: 8:44 AM

Very light traffic on the roads and as a result, still no major accidents in southwest.

Another big factor: the snow isn’t sticking on most roads in lower Fairfield County.

Check out these highway cams here to see how the roads look across Connecticut at this time.

UPDATE: 8:14 AM

The National Weather Service has updated its snowfall totals.

Four to 6 inches in Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Weston, Redding, Wilton, Fairfield and Trumbull.

Six to 8 inches: Danbury, New Milford. Newtown, Brookfield, Bethel, New Fairfield and the Naugatuck Valley.

Eight to a foot: The shoreline from New Haven to Old Saybrook and most of eastern Connecticut.

A foot to 18 inches: The southeast corner of Connecticut from New London up to North Stonington.

UPDATE: 8:09 AM

New Haven Line service is currently experiencing delays of 10 to 15 minutes due to weather related conditions. For service updates please monitor www.mta.info/mnr,

UPDATE: 7:58 AM

While snow begins to fall more rapidly in Danbury, local police dispatchers said roads are OK, so far.

Bethel Emergency Management and police reported no crashes or road closures.

Danbury, Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding and a State Police Troop A dispatcher also said there have not been any accidents or roads closed Tuesday morning.

But a Ridgefield police dispatcher described roads as “nasty.”

“But people are moving very slowly,” she said. “But, thank God, no accidents or anything.”

UPDATE: 7:50 AM

Here are snowfall totals from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network taken between 6 and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Colebrook: 3.9 inches

Bethel: 3.5 inches

Brookfield: 2.8 inches

Seymour: 2.2 inches

Naugatuck: 2.5 inches

Warren: 2.5 inches

Prospect: 2.1 inches

Watertown: 2 inches.

Norwalk: 0.90 of an inch

Darien: 0.60 of an inch

UPDATE: 7:44 AM

Still no major accidents or lane closures in southwest Connecticut.

For an updated statewide list, click here.

UPDATE: 7:38 AM

JUST IN: All Judicial Branch courts and offices will be closed on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

UPDATE: 7:34 AM

Town of Fairfield offices will open at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday for non-essential employees.

Fairfield Public and Fairfield Woods Branch Libraries will open at 10:30 am today, Tuesday, 3/13, but please continue to check back for any further updates.

UPDATE: 7:31 AM

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted this earlier this morning: “Danbury Public Schools will be closed for today. Sleep well young Jedi warriors.”

UPDATE: 7:20 AM

Like last week, Tuesday’s storm has gotten off to a slow start with light snowfall and little to no accumulation as of 7:15 a.m. Though light, the snowfall is wet making for wet road conditions and slushy sidewalks. Not much traffic has hit the roads as of yet.

“Out of an abundance of caution,” Stamford Public School Superintendent Earl Kim announced early Tuesday morning via Twitter that Stamford Public Schools would be closed for the safety of the schools’ “young drivers” and “commuters.”

Eversource managed to restore power to nearly all its customers in Fairfield County before the onset of Tuesday’s storm. As of 7:15 a.m. there remained only two customers in the county without power - one in New Canaan and one in Norwalk - according to the outage map on the power company’s website.

Over the weekend, Eversource said it is prepared for the oncoming storm and warned high winds and wet snow could bring more damage. The company said many of the Eversource and out-of-state workers who have been working over the past week to restore power remain positioned around the state, ready to respond..

“We prepare for severe weather every day and have been watching the approaching storm closely,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst. “The previous storms have thoroughly saturated the ground and further weakened more trees, leaving them susceptible to possibly coming down on our lines in high winds. We have hundreds of employees ready to respond and will again have crews prepositioned around the state well before the storm hits so we’re there when customers need us to safely and quickly restore power after an outage.”

UPDATE: 7:24 AM

United Illuminating reporting 48 outages; 24 in Woodbridge, 19 in Hamden and four in Trumbull.

For UI updates, click here

Eversource reports 674 power outages; most caused from the last nor’easter.

In southwest Connecticut, the only outages reported are one each in New Canaan and Norwalk.

For Eversource updates, click here

UPDATE: 7:11 AM

Greenwich Public Schools are open.

The snow intensity is forecast to lighten up by early afternoon and end from southwest to northeast between 3 an 7 p.m., according to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection report. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be very minor in western CT this afternoon.

Eversource Energy tweeted Monday that a text outage alert system is in place.

"Before the next storm hits, sign up for our text outage alerts," officials wrote. "To register, text "REG" to 23129. If the power goes out, simply text “OUT” to that number and “STAT” to the same number for updates.

“We’re here when you need us. Stay safe, everyone!"

UPDATE: 7:05 AM

From Norwalk Police: “Roads are wet throughout the city, as light snow continues to fall. Keep an eye on conditions, lower your speed, wear your seatbelt and headlights on. Stay safe #Norwalk!”

UPDATE: 6:47 AM

Because of the storm, commuters are advised to check websites for the most up-to-date information.

Metro-North trains: www.mta.info/mnr

Amtrak trains: www.amtrak.com

Shore Line East trains: www.shorelineeast.com

CTtransit buses: www.cttransit.com

CTfastrak buses: www.ctfastrak.com

UPDATE: 6:38 AM

Snow is overspreading the area this morning and will last through much of the day.

There is about an inch along the shoreline and about 3 in the Northwest Hills.

UPDATE 6:24 AM

JUST IN from the governor: State offices will be closed for the first shift on Tuesday, due to the significant snowfall impacting the state and expected to continue into the evening. Nonessential, first-shift employees should not report to work on Tuesday.

UPDATE: 6:15 AM

Looks like Greenwich is one of the few public schools open Tuesday.

It posted on its website: All Greenwich Public Schools are open and running on schedule Tuesday, March 13.

UPDATE: 6:10 AM

Looks like most people are calling it a snow day, or working from home.

DOT still reports no accidents on major roads.

This is the only traffic alert on its page: “WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ALL OF CONNECTICUT. EXPECT HEAVY SNOW ON TUESDAY.”

UPDATE: 6:02 AM

Wanted to share one of my favorite weather sites.

It’s called windy.com.

You can track the nor’easter, zoom into any location, see if it’s snowing, what the temperature is and yes, the wind speed.

Very cool.

Check it out here.

UPDATE: 5:56 AM

The temperature is steadily dropping across the area.

Just before 6 a.m., the temperature was 31 in Oxford, 32 in Danbury and 34 in Bridgeport.

That temperature is about five degrees warmer than it was around midnight.

UPDATE: 5:45 AM

Metro-North is operating on a regular schedule Tuesday morning. No delays are reported at this time.

It does have a winter weather advisory. “Please take care when traveling during inclement weather, allow for extra travel time, and use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases.”

UPDATE: 5:40 AM

As with every snowstorm the state Department of Transportation reminds us how much of a crew it has on the roads.

It includes 634 plow trucks and 200 private contractors ready to clear the roads.

If motorists need to travel Tuesday, they are reminded of their winter weather driving skills:

Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle

Always wear your seat belt

Give yourself extra time to get to your destination

Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges

Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road

Don't pass snowplow trucks

Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.

UPDATE: 5:35 AM

State officials say there are no travel restrictions on Connecticut roads on Tuesday.

Rhode Island started a tractor trailer and tandem trailer ban on highways at 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

While a similar ban is not planned for Connecticut at this time, state officials will continue to be in communication with their counterparts in Rhode Island as the situation develops.

UPDATE: 5:27 AM

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has partially activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center at 4 a.m. Tuesday to monitor storm conditions across the state and prepare for winter weather that is forecast to have an impact on morning and potentially afternoon travel.

“As we continue to monitor the most up-to-date forecasts on tomorrow’s impending snowstorm, our state agencies are working around the clock to ensure we are prepared to respond to this latest round of winter weather,” Malloy said. “The snow is expected to impact the morning commute in central and eastern Connecticut, so if motorists must travel, they are encouraged to take it slow and remember their winter weather driving skills.”

At this point, state offices are expected to open Tuesday on a normal work schedule, however Malloy is encouraging state employees to stay alert for potential announcements in the morning in the event that additional updates may be made.

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