State's EOC activated as blizzard continues; coastal flood warnings issued

FRIDAY 11 am — Darien has partially activated the town’s Emergency Operations Center due to Friday’s blizzard — staffed with critical personnel only.

10:36 am — The state has activated its Emergency Operations Center as blizzard warnings remain in effect for the entire state and a coastal flood warning has been issued for Fairfield County.

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and other town emergency responders are currently on a conference call with the governor’s office and will update on the status of the town’s Emergency Operations Center after that call.

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At 9:45 a.m. radar and surface observations indicated moderate snow along the coast and light to moderate snow in Northern CT. Temperatures currently range from the upper 20’s in Northern CT to near 30 F at the coast.

This morning, snow will quickly become moderate at times between now and 11. Temperatures holding in the upper 20’s, near 30 along the coast. Northeast winds 10 at 15 mph gusting to 20 mph.

This afternoon, there will be a mix in southern Connecticut becoming heavy at times between noon and 2 p.m. with temperatures holding  near 30  at the coast. Northeast winds increasing to 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph.

This evening and overnight, blizzard conditions with snowfall rates up to 5” per hour and zero visibilities at times in blowing and drifting snow. Lows dropping into the low 20’s statewide with northeast winds gusting to 40 mph inland and up to 60 mph along the coast. Moderate power outages and moderate coastal flooding expected with high tide just before midnight in Western Long Island Sound.

Saturday morning, heavy snow will taper to moderate snow from West to East between 5 and 8 a.m. Strong north winds gusting to 50 mph at the coast. Zero visibilities at times with blizzard conditions until 8 a.m. Later in the morning the moderate snow is forecast to taper off to flurries by Noon.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be continued blowing and drifting of snow with northwest winds gusting to 40 mph at times and ground blizzard conditions at times.

Total snowfall may be historic with 16 to 24 inches in western part of the state, 20 to 36 inches in central and eastern Connecticut and 15 to 30 inches  along the coast. Isolated amounts to 40 inches may occur.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) will continue to monitor the latest conditions and will issue another update at 1:00 PM.


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