As blizzard moves east Saturday morning, travel ban continues indefinitely

Noroton Heights train station during the blizzard (Photo from Fred Converse)

Gov. Dan Malloy extended the travel ban on vehicular traffic on all roads in the state until further notice Saturday morning as an historic blizzard makes its way out of the area.

Snow and wind pounded Fairfield County and the rest of the state Friday night into Saturday morning, with Fairfield County’s peak snowfall estimated at two feet and wind gusts at nearly 100 mph.

There are currently no power outages in Darien and the town never lost power throughout the storm, though

approximately 2% of Connecticut Light & Power customers or nearly 40,000 were without power Saturday morning. On Friday, Malloy said both CL&P and United Illuminated were preparing for 30% of their customers

Post-blizzard view of the Long Island Sound and shore Saturday morning (Photo by David Campbell)

to lose power.

“We were very, very lucky,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson told The Darien Times Saturday morning, adding that had the town lost power, restoration by CL&P would have been on hold overnight due to the storm.

Stevenson said the travel ban by the governor means people should stay home.

“Road work needs to continue. Darien’s Department of Public Works did an amazing job keeping at least the main roads hope but that work has to continue throughout the day,” she said, adding work will continue on to the secondary roads Saturday.

The travel ban gives enforcement officials the authorization to force you off the roads if you do not comply. The ban is for public safety and to allow road crews to do the hard work they need to do without the challenge of non-essential traffic on the roads. Any travel is at your own risk.

“We were lucky this was only a snow event — our guys know how to do snow,” she said.

The storm is predicted to move east to Rhode Island by 10 a.m. Total snowfall from the storm is estimated to span from 12 inches to 38 inches in Connecticut. New Haven County seemed to get the heaviest snow fall, with average estimates in the 34 inch range. Darien’s snowfall  was measured at about a foot by the Department of Public Works.

This Morning…Snow tapering off in most of Eastern CT between 7 and 10 a.m.  Strong north winds gusting to 50 MPH at times across the state.  Later in the morning any remaining accumulating snow is forecast to taper off to flurries by Noon.

This Afternoon…Continued blowing and drifting of snow with Northwest winds gusting to 40 MPH at times and ground blizzard conditions at times.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) will continue to monitor the latest conditions and will issue another update at 10 a.m.

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