Crews at work clearing Greenwich roads, Tesei urges residents to stay home if they can

Department of Public Works crews are hard at work Friday morning clearing off the snow from winter storm Hercules as severely cold temperatures are expected.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for the area and Greenwich is still in a state of snow emergency, meaning people cannot park their cars in designated zones to allow for plows and emergency vehicles to travel through them without challenge. According to Bill Evans, meteorologist for WABC TV and a town resident, Greenwich received six inches of snow from the storm but the major concern right now is wind and frigid temperatures. It’s expected to be in the single digits throughout Friday and could even be as cold as zero.

In an interview on Friday with Rob Adams and Josh Fisher of Hersam Acorn Radio, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei said the town was “blanketed” with snow and that Department of Public Works crews are out clearing it out. He said the biggest challenge the crews face right now is the wind. Mr. Tesei added that outside crews have been brought in to assist the town employees, particularly in clearing out areas of the backcountry to insure safe passage.

While Greenwich did not receive as much snow as initially feared, the bitterly cold temperatures make it potentially dangerous for people to go outside. Greenwich’s public and private schools are closed for Friday and Mr. Tesei said people should remain home if they can.

“Ideally, if people do not have to travel, we encourage them to stay home,” Mr. Tesei said. “Use common sense and dont do anything extraordinary.”

Fortunately Greenwich has not yet had the same kind of issues that have plagued it during past storms, including blizzards. Connecticut  Light & Power have not reported any outages in Greenwich. If needed, however, the town’s Public Safety Complex on Greenwich Avenue is open 24 hours as a warming center for residents.

Greenwich’s Town Hall is open today for regular hours but Mr. Tesei said town employees will be excused if they are late because of the weather. He warned people not “to risk life and limb” trying to get to work.

There are closings and delays throughout the town. Greenwich Library will have a delayed opening at noon. The YWCA is closed and the YMCA is expected to not open before 9 a.m. The Greenwich Boys & Girls Club is also closed as is the Bruce Museum.

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