Connecticut saw more than a foot of snow in some areas overnight Wednesday into Thursday as a nor’easter slammed the region.
Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday morning, depending on what part of the state you live in, about 8 to 14 inches fell across Connecticut.
By noon the snow had ended across Connecticut.
Connecticut officials have asked residents to remain off the roads as crews continue to work on clearing the snow that has fallen and is being blown around by gusty winds.
Here’s the latest information on the storm:
UPDATE 6:17 P.M.
Westport Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced schools would operate in a remote model on Friday as clearing efforts continued throughout town. He said school officials have been informed that refreezing of town roads and parking lot surfaces may lead to unsafe conditions in the morning.
“Our custodial staff and the town’s Department of Public Works have done a wonderful job today clearing our parking lots and sidewalks around the schools,” Scarice said. “Despite their efforts to treat our parking lots and sidewalks, ice remains.”
UPDATE 5:34 P.M.
UPDATE: 2:40 P.M.
Westport saw between 8 to 10 inches of snow with a relatively quiet morning of cleanup, according to officials.
“We had no problems, public works cleared most of the streets and the public parking lots they’re just finishing up now,” Deputy Fire Chief Michael Kronick said around midday Thursday. “It was a relatively quiet snow storm because everybody’s working from home.”
Kronick said there were no calls of significance for both the police and fire departments.
“No storm-related accidents, incidents ... it was a quiet night,” he said.
Schools and the Westport Library were closed for the day. Town hall is open, but in-person visits are not being accepted.
First Selectman Jim Marpe said the town got through a storm of this magnitude as successfully as it could. He said to his knowledge only a couple of homes were without power and they may have since been restored.
“Our crews were working all night, through the day, and as we are speaking they are wrapping up clearing up the roads, various municipal parking lots, and school parking lots,” he said. “We’ll certainly be ready for school to be back in session tomorrow and for normal business.”
Marpe said officials were able to clear up the roads in an efficient manner thanks to residents staying off the roads. In-person appointments at town hall will resume Friday.
“I’m not certain if every single road as of this moment is passable, but I know we’re actively engaged in completing that,” Marpe said midday on Thursday. “I would say certainly by the end of normal business today or by sundown we will have cleared all the roads and parking lost we would normally be clearing.”
UPDATE: 2:01 P.M
From the Milfiord Fire Department:
“As we begin to dig out from our first winter storm, we would like to request our community’s help. In Milford, we have almost 1,500 fire hydrants. A fire hydrant is vital to the sustained water supply to fight a building fire.
“We ask everyone to check their fire hydrant and ensure the snow is adequately clear of it. The time saved by firefighters connecting our fire hoses is critical to a successful outcome.”
UPDATE: 1:20 P.M.
State Police have been busy with storm-related issues on the roads Thursday.
Calls for service: 863.
Accidents with no injuries: 54
Accidents with injuries: 5
Motorist assists: 213
UPDATE: 1:10 P.M
Some areas of Connecticut could have the first White Christmas in three years.
The National Weather Service defines a white Christmas as having one inch or more of snow on the ground at 7 a.m. Christmas morning.
With colder temperatures over the next few days, there will be little snow melting. Temperatures will be in the teens on Thursday and Friday nights. Daytime temperature will struggle to be over freezing.
Temperatures will gradually moderate through the early part of the week. Temperatures will return to near normal Tuesday night and Wednesday.
No big rain storms or temperatures in the 50s are in the forecast.
Definitions of a White Christmas vary, according to the grammarist.com:
“In its most literal use, the term white Christmas simply means a weather event in which it either snows on Christmas Day, or there is enough snow from a previous snowfall to cover the ground on Christmas Day.
The last time there was a White Christmas in Connecticut was in 2017.
The timing of that snow was like a Christmas movie with light rain turning into snowflakes just after midnight. Snow continued through much of the night and became heavy at times in the wee hours of Christmas Day as the coastal low strengthened. When Christmas Day dawned, several inches of snow was on the ground including 5 inches in Torrington, 4 in Litchfield, 3.5 in Oxford and about an inch along the shoreline.
UPDATE: 1 P.M
The National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning has ended.
UPDATE: 12:45 P.M
Here are the towns with the highest snowfall totals:
New Milford: 16.5 inches
Torrington: 14 inches
Roxbury: 13.2 inches
Danbury: 12.8 inches
East Hartland: 12.5 inches
Check out our updated Connecticut snowfall map.
UPDATE: 12:23 P.M.
The City Hall building at 140 Main Street in Torrington is closed today due to the arrival of heavy snowfall and ongoing cleanup efforts.
Offices will reopen with normal hours of operation on Friday, Dec. 18.
UPDATE: 12:05 PM
Middletown's North End of the city saw 9 inches of snowfall over the course of the Wednesday-into-Thursday storm. By late morning, the temperature was 25 degrees in the city with blustery winds, making it feel more like 10 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.
UPDATE: 12:03 PM
Hamden’s storm response team got a lot of work done clearing main roads overnight, according to Mayor Curt Leng.
“This is a big storm and the drifts from the wind make it even more challenging,” he said late Thursday morning. “We’re asking as many folks who can stay off the road to do so for their safety and so our crews can most effectively continue cranking through.
UPDATE: 11:45 A.M.
In Fairfield, First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the roads are “pretty good.” Town Hall was closed Thursday. Students in both public and parochial schools had the day off. Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said most of the town’s major roads were cleared of snow down to the pavement. He said that roads remain quiet, allowing for public works to continue clearing streets.
UPDATE: 11:15 A.M.
As of about 10 a.m., Connecticut State Police troopers have responded to 755 calls for service. Troopers have responded to 50 accidents without injuries and four with injuries; state police have helped 197 drivers.
UPDATE: 11 A.M.
The most snowfall recorded so far in Fairfield County was 12.8 inches in Danbury, according to updated totals from the National Weather Service Thursday morning. That total was recorded at 7:30 a.m.
In New Haven County, the weather service reported 9 inches in both Madison and Seymour as of 7 a.m. — the most reported in that county so far.
Click here to read the full story on snowfall totals across Connecticut.
UPDATE: 10:35 A.M.
During a quick press conference shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont called it the nor’easter a “heavy storm.” He said the state saw about 8 to 14 inches. Lamont said over 700 state Department of Transportation plow trucks have been out nonstop for more than 14 hours. Click here to read the full story.
UPDATE: 10:30 A.M.
Eversource is reporting 375 customers without power as of 10:30 a.m. That number is up from 360 around 7:45 a.m., 141 around 6:30 a.m. and 229 around 4 a.m.
Among the Eversource outages are 46 in Darien, 22 in Griswold, 23 in Groton, 47 in Harwinton, 12 in Kent, 65 in Ledyard, 9 in Norwalk, 76 in Roxbury and 15 in Wilton.
UPDATE: 10:22 A.M.
In Fairfield, snow continues to fall as DPW works to clear roadways.
“Please avoid travel if possible. Hazardous conditions still exist,” police posted on Facebook.
Town Hall offices are closed today.
UPDATE: 10:16 AM
All four Connecticut ski areas will be open this weekend.
But if you want to ski or snowboard, you should buy your tickets online - in advance. That’s because the ski areas are limiting the number of people because of COVID restrictions.
Here are some links to the ski areas with all the details.
Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall.
Powder Ridge Park in Middlefield.
Mount Southington in Southington.
Ski Sundown in New Hartford.
Here’s a link for snow condition reports from other Northeast ski areas.
UPDATE 10:07 A.M.
All main roads in Danbury were open by 8 a.m., with secondary roads expected to be cleared shortly after that, Mayor Joe Cavo said. The city has 38 trucks on the road.
“I was quite impressed that we’re that far,” he said. “A storm of this size and the intensity of it makes it very difficult to handle because when snow falls at such a fast rate per hour you feel sometimes like you're chasing your tail.”
On his drive into work, conditions were good on Moss Avenue, Osborne Street, and Great Plain and Germantown roads, he said. He saw only highway and plow trucks.
“Everything was really, really good,” Cavo said.
Crews will next focus on pushing the snow piles to the curb, he said. Residents are urged not shovel snow onto the streets, which is against city ordinance.
“It just makes our operation harder,” Cavo said. “Our guys are tired. They’ve worked all night and they’ll be working through a good part of today.”
There have been no accidents or problems reported in Bethel, where the emergency management department measured 10 to 11 inches of snow, First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said.
“Highway department is starting their final clean up push right now and they expect that to take five hours or so, maybe six,” he said around 9:30 a.m.
But he urged drivers to be cautious of blowing and drifting snow.
“It's a light fluffy snow, so even after the roads have been cleared, the roads are still going to stay white and slippery,” Knickerbocker said. “We’re just urging people to stay home if they can.”
UPDATE: 10 A.M
How are the road conditions?
Check out these traffic cams on Connecticut roads here.
Looks like the Hartford area still has snow-covered highways.
UPDATE: 9:50 A.M.
Shelton Emergency Management Director Michael Maglione said, outside of a couple mechanical breakdowns, public works crews have continued clearing the roads without disruption.
Maglione said the city brought in an outside contractor to aid with clearing the roadways.
“The rapid snowfall and wind-blown snow are the biggest problems,” Maglione said.
Maglione said the fleet will be out all day clearing roads.
In all, Maglione said about a foot of snow was dumped on Shelton. In response, Mayor Mark Lauretti announced that City Hall, the senior center, Plumb Memorial Library and the Registrar of Voters' office will be closed Thursday.
There will also be no trash and recycling pickups on Thursday. The regular Thursday pickups will be picked up on Friday. Regular trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Friday will be picked up on Saturday.
UPDATE: 9:46 A.M.
Brookfield officials say the first snowstorm was not anything too bad despite receiving 12 to 16 inches of snow. Public Works Director Ralph Tedesco said it was a “normal New England snowstorm” with nothing unusual or unexpected occurring. First Selectman Steve Dunn said there was only one call for emergency services and no major accidents or outages. He deemed it a “standard” snowstorm.
UPDATE: 9:40 A.M.
The Bethel municipal center is closed Thursday.
UPDATE: 9:46 A.M.
Eversource is reporting 246 outages including 47 in Harwinton and 46 in Darien.
United Illuminating is reporting 163 outages including 74 in Stratford, 73 in Easton and 13 in Ansonia.
UPDATE: 9:36 A.M.
The following are the peak wind gusts from the National Weather Service:
44 mph at Sikorsky Memorial Airport and Tweed-New Haven Airport, 35 mph at Danbury Airport and Oxford airport and 38 mph at Groton/New London Airport.
UPDATE 9:28 A.M
The state Department of Public Health is reminding Connecticut residents of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of fuel burning equipment.
Never use portable generators, charcoal or gas grills, gas or propane powered pressure washers, saws or other fuel powered equipment inside your home, garage, carport, basement or other enclosed spaces.
Opening windows and doors, and operating fans is not enough to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide in a home.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm on each floor of your home & outside of each bedroom.
Make sure the exhaust pipe on your standby generator is pointing away from the house.
Place portable generators at least 20 feet from the house.
Make sure gas dryer vents and automobile tail pipes are not plugged up with snow.
Have your heating systems, chimney flues, gas appliances, wood stoves, and generators checked every year, and cleaned and serviced as needed by qualified heating/appliance contractors
For more information, contact your local health department or call CT DPH at (860) 509-7740
UPDATE: 9:11 A.M.
Metro-North’s New Haven Line is experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes due to weather-related conditions. Metro-North will operate a normal weekday schedule.
Customers should anticipate scattered delays throughout the system due to the ongoing weather.
As of 9 a.m., Wilton police report no road closures.
UPDATE: 9:05 A.M.
New Milford Public Works Foreman Michael Boucher is warning residents of slippery roads Thursday morning. Although the town “got through the night fairly well,” Boucher says the snow started to pick up this morning.
He said public works employees are doing their best to keep the roads clear but are struggling with a staff shortage because of COVID-19 and “other injuries.”
UPDATE: 9 A.M.
In Easton, the town hall, library, senior center and parks and recreation are closed Thursday.
UPDATE: 8:50 A.M.
All city buildings in Milford are closed to the public Thursday, including City Hall, the library and the Parsons Government Center. Regular hours are expected to resume Friday.
UPDATE: 8:45 A.M.
Trumbull town hall is closed today. Critical workers are working as usual and all others are working remotely. There is no curbside pickup at the library and the transfer station is closed. Regular service will resume Friday.
UPDATE: 8:33 A.M.
The Wilton Library and the Wilton YMCA are closed Thursday. Schools are on a shortened remote learning day. The transfer station is closed. Town hall departments are available via email.
UPDATE: 8:24 A.M.
A JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale at 8:15 a.m. Thursday and another to Fort Myers at 8:30 a.m. were canceled at Westchester County Airport, just over the Greenwich line. Those scheduled to fly are urged check with their airlines for any delays or cancellations.
UPDATE: 8:20 A.M.
At least a foot of snow fell in Greenwich overnight, and work is continuing to clear roads on Thursday morning, according to First Selectman Fred Camillo.
Residents are urged to stay home if they can in order to keep the roads clear for snow-plowing, Camillo said.
The lobby of the Public Safety Complex off Greenwich Avenue is open as a warming center and for charging electronic devices.
UPDATE: 8:18 A.M.
Stamford Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski said 33 plows were on the road on city streets working to clear the 8 to 10 inches of snow that has fallen since Wednesday afternoon.
He said 70 employees from Office of Operations are working to clear roads and sidewalks. He said he expects the plows will be working all day and through the night to get roads passable.
Jankowski said there were 16 motor vehicle accidents reported since 3 p.m. Wednesday and two of those accidents resulted in injuries.
Assistant Police Chief Tom Wuennemann said 28 cars have been towed off the city’s snow emergency routes. He said more cars will be towed today unless drivers get them off those marked emergency routes.
“It is still snowing and windy, so it’s a fluid situation. Please stay off roads if you do not need to travel so snowplow crews can clear the roads,” Wuennemann said.
The warming center at Government Center is open to the public Thursday.
Jankowski said weather forecasters are expecting two or three more inches to fall before the storm passes.
UPDATE: 8 A.M.
Darien Town Hall employees are working remotely Thursday. The recycling center and the library are closed.
UPDATE: 7:30 A.M.
Stamford police are not reporting any official road closures due to the storm, but said many roads may be impassable for conventional two-wheel drive vehicles. Police said there have been no serious crashes since the storm began.
UPDATE: 7:20 A.M.
Greenwich remains under a snow emergency until further notice.
Town Hall is closed, with town employees who are able working remotely. They will be available via email and voice mail.
Greenwich Library, the town’s Holly Hill Resource Recovery facility, YWCA Greenwich and other services are closed on Thursday.
The Greenwich YMCA will have a delayed opening at 11 a.m.
On-street parking is banned while town and private crews clear roads. Town parking lots are open free of charge during the snow emergency.
The Greenwich Police Department has not announced any road closures or major incidents overnight as the town experienced its first major snowstorm in almost two years.
UPDATE: 7:08 A.M.
Connecticut State Police troopers have responded to 467 calls for service since the snow started to fall. Troopers have responded 42 accidents without injuries and three crashes with injuries. Troopers helped 131 drivers.
“We ask if you can stay home, please do,” state police said Thursday morning. “If you have to go out, slow down, ditch distractions and keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.”
UPDATE: 6:40 A.M.
Officials announced that City of Bridgeport services will be closed until noon Thursday because of the snowstorm. This may be subject to change as weather and road conditions change.
UPDATE: 6:30 A.M.
Bethel has seen 10 inches of snow so far, according to the Office of Emergency Management. Officials said there might have been some slight sleet mixed in with the snow after midnight.
UPDATE: 6:18 P.M.
Eversource, which reported 229 outages earlier this morning, is now reporting 141 outages — including 46 in Darien and 12 in Kent.
UPDATE: 6:15 A.M.
The Clinton Department of Public Works said its crews will be working until everything is cleaned up Thursday morning, urging residents to stay off the roads until then.
“The roads will be ready for you in the afternoon,” the DPW said.
UPDATE: 6:05 A.M.
Stratford firefighters are reminding residents as they awake for the day and head out to shovel to remember to keep vents clear from snow drifts. Blocked vents from furnaces, water heaters or other appliances can cause a carbon monoxide buildup in the home, fire officials said.
UPDATE: 4:45 A.M.
There are 229 Eversource customers without power Thursday morning. United Illuminating reports zero outages.
Among the Eversource outages were 46 in Darien, 52 in Greenwich, 79 in New Milford and 11 in Norwalk.
UPDATE: 4:30 A.M.
With the tractor-trailer ban still in effect on Connecticut’s highways until 9 a.m. Thursday, the state Department of Transportation cameras across Connecticut show snow-covered and almost entirely empty roadways, other than a few vehicles and plow trucks.
UPDATE: 4:15 A.M.
The National Weather Service has released the following snowfall totals, recorded Wednesday night and early Thursday morning:
In Fairfield County...
-New Canaan: 5
In Middlesex County...
In New Haven County...
-North Haven: 5.6
UPDATE 10:07 PM
Route 49 in Voluntown is closed at Congdon Road after a car struck a utility pole, the Department of Transportation reported.
The accident occcurred around 9:42 p.m.
UPDATE 10:02 PM
Power outages in Connecticut are up to 55, according to Eversource’s outage map. East Haddam, with 16 outages and Westbrook with 12 had the most in the state.
United Illuminating reported one customer out as of the same time.
UPDATE 9:35 PM
Bridgeport’s Mayor Joe Ganim reminded residents to stay home.
UPDATE 9:30 PM
The nor’easter is causing thunder and lightning in some parts of Pennsylvania:
UPDATE 9:19 PM
Personnel from the Connecticut National Guard plan to set up a field hospital at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Friday.
Capt. David Pytlik, a spokesman for the Guard, said that date was chosen with the storm in mind.
The guard has eight “highway assitance teams” and three “route clearance teams” around the state prepared to help with storm efforts, Pytlik said.
UPDATE 9:05 PM
UPDATE 8:50 PM
Eversource is reporting 23 outages across Connecticut. Most are in Norfolk, where 11 customers are without power, and Windsor, where 8 outages are reported.
Both municipalities are in northern parts of the state away from the coast.
Craig Hallstrom, Eversource’s president of regional electric operations in Connecticut and Massachusetts, said earlier in the day that the snow is expected to be drier, lessening the impact on electrical utilities.
Eversource is especially watching coastal regions where wind gusts are expected to pick up, and could drop trees and utility lines.
UPDATE 6:33 PM
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has banned tractor trailer trucks and tandem trailers from Connecticut’s limited access highways from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday.
He also urged motorists to stay off the road.
“During the peak periods of the storm, we are anticipating severe white-out conditions that will make travel very difficult, and that is why are implementing a ban on tractor trailers during these hours,” Lamont said. “We are strongly urging motorists to stay home during the storm unless absolutely critical.”
UPDATE 6:07 PM
East Haven Mayor Joe Carfora said a parking ban goes into effect at the beginning of snowfall. It will remain in effect for thirty-six (36) hours after the snow has ended to allow the East Haven Public Works Department to safely clear the roadways. Anyone that has off street parking is reminded that they are required to use it in lieu of parking on the roadway during a snow event. Those residents that do not have off street parking are reminded that while the parking ban is in effect “if off-street facilities (driveways, etc.) are not available, vehicles shall be permitted to park only on the even numbered sides of the streets within the town. However, on such streets where posted parking regulations either presently … to only the odd numbered sides, vehicles shall be permitted to continue to be parked on the odd numbered side only.”
UPDATE 4:17 PM
Hamden Mayor Curt Leng said the town’s storm management team had been “conducting extensive preparations for the storm and will be ready with all hands on deck.”
While he wished the town hadn’t been hit so badly by recent storms, he said, he was happy for his team and “the situational experience that allows us to prepare and deliver in a very effective way when these things occur.”
UPDATE 4:08 PM
Many testing sites for COVID-19 will be closed in Stamford on Thursday as the city prepares for the biggest storm to hit the region in several years.
Winter Storm Gail is expected to dump 10 to 14 inches of snow in Stamford by Thursday morning. Due to the inclement weather, multiple testing sites have decided to shutter on Thursday.
The Tully Health Center will not be holding its drive-thru testing, but the facility’s immediate care center will still offer walk-in testing.
Stamford Hospital will still offer drive-thru testing. That service is by appointment only and those wishing to be tested need a doctor’s order.
Testing at UConn Stamford is also closed for Thursday.
AFC Urgent Care, which offers testing at its 3000 Summer St. location, will open at 12 p.m. on Thursday and close at 8 p.m. The center usually opens at 8 a.m.
To check on other locations, visit the city of Stamford’s COVID-19 testing website.
The city declared a snow emergency on Tuesday that will last until Friday.
During a snow emergency, residents cannot park on streets labeled “Emergency Snow Route.” However, residents will be allowed to park for free in the Bell Street, Bedford Street and Summer Street garages until the winter storm emergency is lifted.
The city’s garbage and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day, as Thursday pickup will take place on Friday, and Friday pickup will be moved to Saturday. The Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center will be closed on Thursday.
Mark McGrath, director of operations for the city, said workers are getting ready for a substantial storm.
"We're expecting this to be one of the bigger storms in recent memory,” he said, in a written message. “We've salted the roads and our crew will be out plowing.”
McGrath said plows could be out for several hours after snow stops falling due to the heavy amount that is expected.
“We ask residents to clear sidewalks on their property, but otherwise stay indoors and stay safe,” he said.
UPDATE 4:07 PM
Monroe School Superintendent Joseph Kobza said the schools "are in remote and will remain that way. We will change if we find ourselves with widespread power outages."
UPDATE 2:35 PM
West Haven Mayor Nancy R. Rossi has declared a “Snow Emergency” parking ban during the storm.
The executive order bans parking from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday on both sides of Campbell and Savin avenues, Morgan Lane, Elm Street, Meloy Road, Second Avenue from Elm to Beach streets, and Main Street from Savin to Washington avenues. The order will be revaluated Thursday morning.
Once snow begins to fall, a parking ban is also in effect on the even-numbered side of most other roads, unless one is posted with a “No Parking” sign on the odd side. The even-numbered ban is in effect for 36 hours after the storm, which is forecast to dump more than a foot of snow on the area, according to Emergency Management Director Joseph Soto.
UPDATE: 1:43 PM
The Cheshire Police Department will have a Winter Parking Ban in effect for the duration of the snowstorm.
UPDATE: 1:41 PM
In anticipation of the predicted snowstorm to hit our region, Hartford HealthCare is closing all of its COVID-19 drive-through test sites on Thursday to ensure the safety patients and staff.
If patients need to be tested, they should visit any of the nine test locations on Wednesday, Dec. 16, or Friday, Dec. 18. To reduce wait time in line, patients can schedule their test appointment at HartfordHealthCare.org/testing.
Preferred access times are available during the first two hours of each location for patients needing pre-surgery or medical procedure testing.
COVID testing for patients with symptoms and possible exposure are conducted without leaving their vehicles and can accommodate adults and children of all ages when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tests are performed by highly-trained colleagues outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves.
For a list of test locations and hours of operation, visit HartfordHealthCare.org/testing.
UPDATE 1:24 PM
In Greenwich, the Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility announced it will be closed Thursday to residents.
“This may mean we’ll be busier than usual Friday and Saturday, so thank you for your patience and cooperation during your visit,” the facility said in its announcement on Wednesday.
UPDATE: 1:12 PM
Gov. Ned Lamont today announced that as a winter storm approaches and wind chills are expected to drop into the single digits this evening, he is directing Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol to be activated beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and lasting through noon on Friday. This is the first time this season that the protocol will be activated.
The protocol sets up a system for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 211 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe conditions. United Way 211 operates as the point of contact for individuals who need shelter and transportation to shelters.
Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211 to get connected to these services. Protocols have been enacted at shelters throughout the state to adhere to the necessary COVID-19 safety measures.
“Being outdoors in these extreme cold conditions for extended periods is not safe, and we must spread the word that shelters are available throughout Connecticut,” Lamont said. “If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, call 211 and they will connect you with a nearby location.”
For emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CTPrepares website at ct.gov/ctprepares.
UPDATE: 1:10 PM
From Metro-North: “Please be advised the 4:48 p.m. and 6:46 p.m. bus departures from Bridgeport will not operate today due to the impending winter storm. Normal train departures at 2:48 p.m., 5:48 p.m., 8:10 p.m. and 11:48 p.m. will operate.
“Customers are advised not to travel unnecessarily. Use extreme caution while navigating the system, especially on outdoor platforms and stairs.”
UPDATE: 12:33 PM
Advisory from Sherman Town Hall: “With the pending storm, please don't leave parked cars or garbage containers on the roads. Public Works needs total access to the roadways to ensure they can be cleaned in a safe and efficient manner.”
UPDATE: 12:25 PM
Wallingford’s parking ban went into effect at 7 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until Friday at noon.
No vehicles shall be parked or allowed to remain on any public street while the parking ban is in effect. Vehicles found to be in violation of the ban will be tagged and towed at the owner's expense.
UPDATE: 12:10 PM
Danbury issued a “level two” snow warning late Wednesday morning, which means drivers must move their cars off city streets and avoid travel unless “absolutely necessary,” Mayor Mark Boughton said in an alert.
The warning will remain in effect throughout the duration of the storm.
Cars may be parked for free at the Patriot Garage, which closes at 11 p.m. and reopens at 6 a.m. Cars on city streets will be ticketed and towed.
“Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe,” Boughton said in the alert.
For more information, click here.
UPDATE: 11:50 AM
Hamden’s parking ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. It prohibits drivers from leaving their vehicles on the odd-numbered side of the town’s streets, according to a release from the Mayor Curt Leng’s office.
The town also reminded residents they are not allowed to shovel snow from private driveways onto public roads and can face fines of up to $50 if they do so. Property owners have a day to clear their sidewalks after the storm ends or can face up to $100/day.
Hamden also offers salt to private residents, who can pick it up at the Public Works parking garage, next to the flag-pole, per the release.
UPDATE: 11:45 AM
From Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda L. Kupchick: “As you are likely aware, our region is expecting some significant snow tonight into tomorrow. We anticipate 12-18 inches of snow, though the predictions show a broad range of possibilities. The storm is expected to begin around 5 p.m. at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour. There also may be some minor coastal flooding and wind gusts that could lead to possible power outages.
“Fairfield's Department of Public Works and Emergency Responders are prepared for this storm and I thank them for their service to our community to keep all of us safe. In light of the expected white out conditions and limited visibility, I urge residents to stay off the roads and to not park on the streets to allow DPW to plow safely. If you must travel, please exercise extreme caution.”
For more details, click here.
UPDATE: 11:40 AM
From USA Hauling & Recycling: “Due to anticipated storm conditions and road hazards, residential routes will not be running on Thursday. Routes will be delayed by one day thereafter (Thursday customers will be serviced on Friday, and Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday). Please make sure carts, containers, and driveways are accessible. Thank you!”
UPDATE: 11:35 AM
In East Hartford, a parking ban will be in effect starting at noon on Wednesday and until further notice. If there are any questions regarding the parking ban, please call the East Hartford Police Department at 860-528-4401.Please abide by the parking ban and give way to all plows and emergency vehicles.
Considering the severity of the storm, please know that curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week starting on Thursday. Please remove your barrels from the curb.
All residents on the Thursday route will be collected on Friday, and all residents on the Friday route will be collected on Saturday.
UPDATE: 11:31 AM
In Harwinton, due to the impending storm, Town Hall will be closed on Thursday.
Also, USA Hauling will not be picking up garbage on Thursday. They will resume pick up on Friday.
UPDATE: 11:25 AM
Trumbull has instituted a parking ban beginning at 6 p.m. and extending for the duration of snow-clearing efforts. Residents who lose power are encouraged to shelter in place. If they must leave home, seek refuge with friends or family.
Residents are also reminded to keep their furnace vents clear of snow and to clear snow from around fire hydrants. Residents are also encouraged to check on disabled or elderly neighbors.
For help in a non-emergency situation, call the Trumbull Police Department non-emergency number, 203-261-3665. In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911.
UPDATE: 11:17 AM
In preparation for the snow expected Wednesday night into Thursday, New Milford officials have declared a snow emergency and parking ban. Details posted here.
UPDATE: 11:15 AM
A Danbury COVID-19 testing site will open later on Friday due to the storm.
The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the rear parking lot of the Greater Danbury Community Health Center on 120 Main St.
No testing was scheduled for Thursday at this site.
UPDATE: 11:10 AM
Milford has instituted alternate side of the street parking effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m, on Friday.
Vehicles should be parked on the even-numbered side of the street through 8 a.m. Thursday, then moved to the odd-numbered side of the street through 5 a.m. Friday.
Residents are encouraged to park off-street wherever possible. Residents also are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow and ice from their sidewalks and property.
UPDATE: 11:05 AM
From the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich: Due to inclement weather and scheduled catalog maintenance, No-contact curbside pickup will pause starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will resume on Friday. All due dates have been extended.
UPDATE: 10:59 AM
Yale New Haven Health has announced that due to the imminent winter storm and dangerous travel conditions anticipated for Connecticut and Rhode Island, YNHHS COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Thursday. The closures will impact all drive-up and walk-up locations.
Patients with a scheduled COVID-19 testing appointment for Thursday will be notified and asked to re-schedule. However, the storm will not impact access to emergency services at any Yale New Haven Health locations. If a patient is concerned about any other scheduled medical appointments or procedures, they should check with their provider.
Yale New Haven Health expects all 12 testing sites and all 19 partner sites to be open on Friday. For the latest information concerning testing site closures and openings, go to YNHHS.org.
A full list of the testing locations that will be impacted by the storm are listed below:
223 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Walk Up.
226 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Drive Through.
5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich; Watson Visitor Garage.
111 Goose Lane, Guilford; Drive Through.
831 Boston Post Road, Milford; Drive Through.
1380 Chapel St., New Haven. Drive Through.
130 Orchard St., New Haven; Drive Through.
365 Montauk Ave., New London; Walk-Up.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville; Thames Garage.
67 Masonic Ave., Wallingford.; Drive Through.
25 Wells St.; Westerly, RI; Drive Through.
UPDATE: 10:40 AM
From AccuWeather: “With the official start of winter just days away, Mother Nature began doling out a full-blown monster of a winter storm on Wednesday. Weather radar showed the storm taking shape Wednesday morning as AccuWeather meteorologists had predicted, with snow, ice and rain stretching from the Ohio Valley all the way down to the Southeast as the storm began taking aim at the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.
“As AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno put it, "All the ingredients” had come together to bring a major nor’easter to a huge swath of the eastern United States.
“The storm, however, is a fast-moving one and though it’s poised to bring snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour at its peak, that quick forward speed will prevent the system from turning into an all-out “snowmaggedon,” AccuWeather forecasters said. But make no mistake, the team cautioned, this will be a big storm that will bring whiteout and blizzard conditions to some places and result in power outages where the storm hits hardest.”
UPDATE: 10:29 AM
In Litchfield, there is a ban on overnight parking on town roads from Nov. 1 to April 30. Cars parked on town roads will be towed, especially during winter storms. Overnight parking is allowed in the northeast corner of the Municipal Parking Lot.
Depositing snow and ice on town roads is prohibited.
Any questions should be directed to the Public Works Department at (860) 567-7575.
UPDATE: 10:20 AM
From the Town of Monroe: There is no parking in the roadway during storms. Town Ordinance prohibits parking on public roads during or after a winter storm that interferes with snow or ice removal or otherwise creates a hazard. Parked vehicles hinder emergency response, create a hazard for the public, and interfere with the safe removal of snow or ice.
Please remove vehicles and trailers from the roadway prior to a snow/ice storm. Parking bans are posted as reminders of this requirement. Likewise, basketball hoops may significantly interfere with snow removal. Please remove any basketball hoops out of the roadway prior to the storm.
As always, in an emergency call 911.
For issues with your utility provider, the most effective way to report is to contact your service provider directly:
Eversource – Power Outage: 1-800-286-2000
Eversource – Natural Gas: 1-877-944-5325
Should you need to contact the Department of Public Works, they can be reached during normal business hours at (203) 452-2814.
UPDATE: 10:10 AM
From the Westport Farmers’ Market: “Due to the impending storm, we are closing tomorrow! Not to worry, we are going to open next Tuesday, December 22 for the same hours 10:00 - 2:00. It will be a full vendor line-up which will be released on Saturday.”
UPDATE: 9:55 AM
From Eversource: “We’re ready for today’s weather and you should be too. Make sure to charge your cell phone and have power pack chargers ready so you can contact us if you lose power. You can also download our mobile app or text “OUT” to 23129 for updates.
Or call 1-800-286-2000.
UPDATE: 9:44 AM
“As the winter storm approaches, The Town of Plymouth Department of Public Works and the Plymouth Police Department wish to remind residents about the following section of the Plymouth Code of Ordinances.
- Per section 10-24, all over-night parking is prohibited between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. between Nov. 15 and April 1 of each year.
- Per section 14-1(a), the owner, tenant, occupant or person having the care of any land fronting on any street or public place in town where there is any sidewalk shall clear snow or sleet within 12 hours of daylight immediately following the cessation of storms so that such sidewalk shall be made safe for travel.
- Section 14-2(a), it shall be unlawful for property owners, their agent or any other person to deposit snow in the public street or sidewalks.
“We thank you in advance for your cooperation!”
UPDATE: 9:29 AM
Stamford Mayor David Martin has declared a Snow Emergency. The snow emergency took effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and continue through to noon on Friday.
This storm is expected to bring heavy snow — roughly 10 to 14 inches — impacting travel conditions and potentially causing downed trees or power lines.
UPDATE: 9:11 AM
This following is a message from Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti:
“A significant snowstorm is expected to impact the State on Wednesday evening and last until midday on Thursday. Snowfall totals are expected to be between 12 and 16 inches in the southern part of the state. In order to allow Ansonia Public Works to clear the streets as quickly as possible I am announcing a full parking ban on city streets.
“The ban will begin at noon on Wednesday and end at noon on Thursday. All residents are required to move their vehicles off of city streets until the end of the parking ban. All city municipal lots are available for parking vehicles off the street. All public school lots are available for parking. Vehicles must be removed from the public-school lots by Saturday at 8 am. Thursday trash removal and recycling has been delayed until Friday.
“I also ask you to please help to keep hydrants free of snow if you are able.
“Thank you and please stay safe!!”
UPDATE: 8:50 AM
UPDATE: 8:40 AM
From Torrington police: As we prepare for the coming snowstorm on Wednesday night into Thursday, there will be a parking ban in effect beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Thursday.
“During this time, there will be no parking allowed on any city streets or city parking lots. Please help us during this time and ensure we have secured off-street parking so that cars are not towed at the owner's expense. Thank you, and please make sure if we do not need to be on the streets during this time, we stay indoors.”
UPDATE: 8 AM
Snow is expected to start between 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Connecticut State Police are urging drivers to stay off the roads later today, if possible.
That will allow DOT drivers to better clear highways.
Troopers remind motorists to adhere to these winter driving tips:
- Check weather forecast and road conditions before heading out.
- Give yourself plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination.
- Keep headlights on at all times.
- Bring a fully-charged cell phone.
- Carry extra water, snacks and blankets and a shovel.
- Reduce speed, expand distances between vehicles.
- If you become stranded in the snowstorm, stay with your vehicle, do not try to walk to safety.
Call 911 for help. Run the motor for heat, but open a window slightly for fresh air.