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.
"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.
Don't use generators indoors
“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.