Update — Snow continues, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson advises residents to stay off roads

A seagull at Pear Tree Point Beach looks unimpressed Wednesday afternoon. — Diane Farrell photo

 

Update 4 p.m.— First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said the winter snowstorm is a “normal storm,” though she said the snow is very wet and heavy.

She advised residents to stay off the road and indoors for a variety of reasons. Stevenson said the roads are a bit slippery, but also added that no cars on the road means it is easier for the Department of Public Works to continue its snow removal work.

“Downtown Darien is very quiet and that’s a good thing,” she said.

She also added that the heavy, wet snow means the slush expelled from the DPW trucks as they plow would also make for a less than ideal outdoors experience.

“This snow is going to last for a while. It’s best for people just to stay indoors,” she said.

The heavy snow hasn’t caused any power outages in Darien yet. Gov. Malloy echoed Stevenson’s urging for residents to stay off the roads at an earlier press conference. The snow is predicted to end in the early hours of of Thursday morning.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Town Hall will close at 12:30, the Darien Community Association is closed and the Darien Arts Center is also closed, though some music classes may still be on. Restaurant Ten Twenty Post is closed.

The heaviest snow is expected to begin early afternoon, after 1 p.m. Speaking in a storm update press conference, Gov. Dan Malloy said while there is no highway ban in effect, it is strongly recommended motorists stay off the road unless absolutely necessary. This is both for safety reasons and to allow crews to keep up with clearing the roads.

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Rebecca Martorella photo

9 a.m.: A winter storm warning remains in effect for Southern New Haven County until 4 a.m. Thursday morning, though some may have woken up wondering what all the fuss was about. The snow may currently be light in some areas, the heavier snow is expected to arrive early this afternoon. The town has just recovered from a powerful Friday nor’easter that knocked down trees and wires throughout Darien and caused flooding in some areas.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Darien Schools, the Darien Library, the Depot, the Darien YMCA and the Darien Senior Center are closed Wednesday.  Town Hall is currently open but First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said it may close early depending on weather conditions. Please email your closings to [email protected]


Wednesday
Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9am. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 35. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Wednesday night
Snow, mainly before midnight. The snow could be heavy at times. Steady temperature around 34. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Thursday
A 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. West wind 11 to 13 mph.
Thursday Night
A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind around 11 mph.
Friday
A slight chance of snow before noon, then a slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
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