Weather update: Historic storm impacting state, crews will work through the night

Gate at Tilley Pond (Shawn St. Jean photo)

Friday 6 PM —First Selectman Jayme Stevenson spoke with Ch 12 news Friday evening on the storm.

Stevenson said “everything is going very well,” and that Gov. Malloy’s traffic ban is very helpful to public work crews clearing main and secondary roads.

“Right now it is business as usual for a New England snow storm.”

Stevenson said it was the town’s intention to have storm work continue through the night, including 14 pieces of equipment and contractors coming in at 11 p.m.

“The wind and drifting causes us some concern with the need to be diligent about keeping the roads as open as possible throughout the night,” she said.

Traffic continues to be very light, she said, and “hopefully it will continue to be so. I think people are really respecting the governor’s travel ban,” she said.

“Right now all is well but we are really concerned about stranded travelers. We are out there looking to help those who might need that assistance,” she said.

(Additional reporting by Ken Borsuk, Hersam Acorn Newspapers)
4 PM At 3:45 p.m. radar and surface observations indicated heavy snow moving into Southern Connecticut with moderate snow falling across northern Connecticut.

Temperatures currently range from around 30 F in northern Connecticut to the low 30’s at the coast. Northeast winds at 15 to 20 mph are gusting to near 35 mph at the coast.

For the rest of the afternoon, snow becoming heavy statewide by 5:30 p.m. with temperatures starting to fall into the upper 20’s in northern Connecticut. Northwest winds increasing to 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph at times.

For this evening and overnight, blizzard conditions with snowfall rates up to 5 inches 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 50 mph inland and up to 70 mph along the coast. Moderate power outages and moderate coastal flooding expected during the evening high tide. Tides are forecast to run 2 to 4 feet above normal resulting in overland flooding 1 to 3 feet deep in low lying areas of western Long Island Sound during high tide which is at 9:50 p.m. in western Long Island Sound.

Heavy snow tapering to moderate snow from west to east between 5 to 8 a.m. Strong north winds gusting to 50 mph Inland and 60 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. By Saturday afternoon  there will be continued blowing and drifting of snow with northwest winds, with gusting to 40 mph at times and ground blizzard conditions at times.

Total snowfall may be historic with 16 to 24 inches in western Connecticut, 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 7 p.m.


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