By Ed Harris
The town is beginning to prepare for a storm that is expected to bring snow and rain showers tonight through Friday.
“We have been watching the weather closely and have to prepare for high winds, rain and snow,” said Town Manager Garry Brumback in an email release.
The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories for Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex Counties, a Winter Storm Warning for New London County and a Winter Storm Watch for Windham County. Coastal Flood Watches and Wind Advisories have also been issued for Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex Counties.
According to a release from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, There is no impact on the afternoon rush hour and the snow is expected to become steadier by 8 p.m. on the coast and 11 p.m. inland. Northeast winds, gusting up to 50 MPH along the coast and 25 MPH inland are also expected.
Thursday morning will bring periods of wet snow, tapering off to snow and rain showers by mid-morning. Winds can gust up to 40 MPH.
Thursday night will bring a light, mixed precipitation. Wind gusts of up to 40 MPH are expected along the coast.
A second period of moderate wet snow is expected Thursday night into Friday morning. The wet snow is forecasted to end by noon Friday.
“Total accumulations during the next two days are expected to be very elevation dependant with higher amounts above 500 feet and less accumulation on roads in valley locations and along the coast,” said Thomas Gavaghan, Region Three coordinator for Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in an email update. “In general accumulations are currently forecast to range from 3 – 6” across most of the state away from the coast.”
Gavaghan noted that the forecast confidence in the storm is only fair at this time. He noted that a change of a degree or more in temperature could have a significant impact on snowfall amounts.
Brumback said he was splitting up town crews today to cover as many bases as possible.
“We will have staff throughout town making sure the catch basins are open and clear, we also have staff preparing the trucks and equipment,” Brumback said. “We are going to have the staff pre-treat the roadways with salt today starting this afternoon, also we are preparing all of our chainsaws and tree cutting equipment.”