Snow is done, but all roads remain closed in Connecticut after blizzard

The pocket park on Greenwich Avenue is deserted and blanketed in white on Friday night as snow is expected to continue into Saturday morning. — Ken Borsuk photo

The pocket park on Greenwich Avenue is deserted and blanketed in white on Friday night as snow is expected to continue into Saturday morning. — Ken Borsuk photo

UPDATE SATURDAY 8:40 A.M.— The snowfall is over but the impact of the blizzard is still being felt. Under the order of Gov. Dannel Malloy all roads in Connecticut are closed until further notice. Metro North service remains suspended as well.

“It’s critical right now that residents stay off the roads, so that our plows can continue their efforts to clear our streets and highways,” Mr. Malloy said Saturday morning using the state’s emergency broadcast system.  “This is a record setting storm.  It’s going to take time to dig out of the snow.  Stalled or abandoned vehicles will only slow that process.  Unless you face an emergency, please stay put.”

The Greenwich Police Department is urging residents to stay in their homes as the blizzard picks up steam in town and is expected to bring steady, heavy snowfall into the morning. But that may be just as well since residents will have little place to go.

Hours after Gov. Dannel Malloy closed the highways and suspended service on CT Transit buses throughout the state, Metro North has announced that it will stop service on Friday night as well until further notice. The last westbound train will be the 9:17 p.m. train from New Haven which will make make all stops before arriving at Grand Central at approximately 11:29 p.m..  The last train from New Canaan departs at 9:30 p.m.; the last train from Danbury departs at 8:59 p.m. The last eastbound train will be 10:22 p.m. train from Grand Central making all stops to New Haven, with connections to New Canaan and Danbury Branches.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Malloy declared a state of emergency for Connecticut as has New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts and urged all residents to stay at home to free up the streets for plows and emergency vehicles. The town of Greenwich made a similar request on Friday night through the town’s reverse 911 system in which residents receive a recorded message.

The blizzard warning for Connecticut is in effect until 1 p.m. on Saturday and Greenwich remains in a snow emergency. During that emergency state, vehicles parked on posted snow emergency streets are subject to ticketing and immediate towing.

According to the forecast, snow is expected to remain heavy until day break on Saturday and winds are expected to pick up throughout Friday night. However the prospect of flooding in coastal and low lying areas of town appears to be lessening. Tide predictions are now currently at three to five feet above normal, below what was initially feared. Residents in those areas are still being urged to remain on high alert, especially at times of high tide which will occur at approximately 10 p.m. on Friday night and 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

In the recorded announcement released Friday night by GPD Capt. Mark Kordick, “Temperatures are predicted to drop well below freezing around 1:00 am and cause accumulated precipitation to freeze.  Driving will become extraordinarily dangerous.  No power outages have yet occurred in Greenwich but are a possibility as frozen precipitation on trees and power lines becomes affected by the increasing winds into tomorrow.  If your home loses power, please remember it is unsafe to run a generator indoors or inside a garage, even with the garage door open.  A stove or oven should never be used for heat.  If you lose heat and need assistance, feel free to call the police department’s Public Safety Dispatch Center at 203-622-8000 for help.”

No emergency shelters have yet been opened because the town has said it would rather people remain in their homes. The town’s Emergency Operations Center is open and will remain so through the storm. Capt. Kordick urged residents to stay indoors and “…keep warm and take this opportunity to enjoy a wintry New England evening safely at home.”

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