Snow, freezing rain predicted later Saturday into Sunday — first selectman says Darien is prepared

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday for southern Connecticut, as well as parts of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York, according to the national weather service.

A mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of two to four inches and ice accumulations of about one tenth of an inch. Residents should plan on slippery road conditions, gusty winds, and snow and ice possibly bringing down tree limbs and power lines.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

A coastal flood advisory is also in effect from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for coastal locations along the Long Island Sound. Tides could be about two feet about astronomical tides. Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable of locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns, and homes or businesses with basements near the waterfront could experience some shallow flooding.

Town is ready

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said the town has been fortunate that the weather has been so moderate so far this winter but the weekend is forecasted to be “first storm of significant consequence.”

“Snow, rain, icing conditions and high winds Saturday into Sunday will make travel potentially dangerous and bring the possibility of power outages. Plummeting temperatures on the back end of the storm may be difficult for our more vulnerable residents,” Stevenson said.

She said Darien’s Public Works Department, Human Service staff and  first responders are prepared for the storm.

“It’s important to prepare as you normally would for a winter storm and to check on vulnerable family members and neighbors as the storm progresses,” she said.

Stevenson said with Martin Luther King Day being observed on Monday, the good news is that the long weekend allows some residents to stay home if they can.

Don’t use generators indoors

Stevenson also warned of the improper use of outdoor generators during power outages which is extremely dangerous and could lead to injury or death. The state’s Department of Public Health also issued a warning on bringing generators inside.
“With the impending storm predicted this Sunday the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) wants to remind the public of the dangers of improper use of portable generators and charcoal grills during power outages. Improper generator usage leads to unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths each year,” they said in a press release.

“Every winter in Connecticut, hundreds of residents are taken to the emergency department and some are hospitalized and even die due to CO poisoning resulting from malfunctioning furnaces, improperly placed portable generators and indoor use of charcoal grills,” stated DPH Epidemiologist Brian Toal. “Taking preventive measures such as having your furnace serviced annually, installing a CO detector near all sleeping areas, replacing the batteries annually, and placing portable generators well away from the house, will prevent CO poisonings.”

Residents are urged to plan for power outages.  Temperatures following the storm are predicted to drop down to single digits Sunday night and not get much higher Monday.

If you have postponements or cancelations, send them editor@darientimes.com or call 203-912-4564.

The full forecast:

Saturday
A 40% chance of snow, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 35. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. East wind 7 to 10 mph.
Saturday night
Snow before 1 a.m., then freezing rain and sleet between 1am and 3am, then rain after 3am. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to near 29 by 8 p.m., then rising to around 34 during the remainder of the night. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. East wind 14 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday
Rain before 1 p.m., then a chance of freezing rain between 1pm and 4pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 23 by 5pm. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Breezy, with a northeast wind 14 to 20 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values between -5 and -15. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
Monday (Martin Luther King Day)
Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Monday night
Mostly clear, with a low around 8. Blustery.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 27.
Tuesday night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Wednesday
A chance of freezing rain and sleet before 8am, then a chance of rain and sleet between 8am and 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 40%.