Tesei says Greenwich is ready for snowfall, severely cold temperatures are expected

UPDATED THURSDAY 5:10 P.M. — Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei says that the town is ready for snowfall that is expected over the next hours. A snow emergency is scheduled to go into effect at 6 p.m. until further notice.

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The worst of the storm, which the weather service said could be “near blizzard conditions,” are forecast for Thursday evening into Friday morning.

“One to two inches are forecast through the Thursday morning rush hour, followed by a lull,” the weather service said Wednesday. “The most significant period of snow will redevelop by Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning.”

With winds of 10 to 20 mph — and gusts up to 35 mph — the blowing snow could create visibilities less than a quarter of a mile, the weather service said Thursday morning. The could make the the wind chills fall to zero and below late Thursday and could be down to 15 below zero by Friday morning.

The cold is a big concern of Gov. Dannel Malloy who said Thursday night that residents should be prepared for severely cold weather. Temperatures could go as low as nine degrees on Thursday night and hit zero degrees on Friday, levels that haven’t been seen in more than 15 years.

Blizzard warnings have been issued, across the sound, for all of Long Island.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Sunday. Friday is going to be the coldest day in a while, with a high of 18 and low of 2, and forecasters say it will feel even colder with the wind chill.

Using the town’s reverse-911 system, Mr. Tesei alerted residents to the emergency on Thursday, warning about possible significant snowfall for Greenwich to go along with bitterly cold temperatures for Thursday and Friday that could plunge into the single digits. Under the snow emergency, no vehicles are permitted to remain parked, stopped or standing on any “Snow Emergency Route” so snowplows and emergency vehicles can get through.  Vehicles in violation will be subject to ticketing and immediate towing.

Routes are clearly marked and the town made a list of them available online here so people can know where they can park. Vehicles displaced from snow emergency routes may be lawfully parked in municipal off-street parking lots until the snow emergency is over.

“Your cooperation will ensure that road crews can keep Snow Emergency Routes open for emergency First Responder vehicle traffic,” Mr. Tesei said.

Schools were dismissed early in Greenwich on Thursday and all after school activities cancelled. A decision is expected on the status of schools for Friday on Thursday night once more is known about the weather.  The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich will  be closed Thursday and Friday.

In his call to residents on Thursday, Mr. Tesei said, “The town of Greenwich is fully prepared for the coming snow event.  Additional staffing, as appropriate, has been added to Public Works road crews and by Greenwich’s emergency responder agencies.  At this time, we anticipate the storm will be a moderate duration event with moderate impact.  Even so, it is imperative that everyone exercise additional caution during the storm, limit travel to only essential trips and dress appropriately for the bitterly cold conditions.”

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