Greenwich could get hit by heavy snow, RTM meeting cancelled

UPDATED MONDAY 9:15 P.M. — The next winter storm could tangle with Tuesday’s afternoon and evening commutes. Now, in anticipation of the storm, the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting has postponed its Tuesday night meeting.

A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon to Tuesday night, Jan. 21, for Greenwich and the rest of southwestern Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow storm is expected to bring four to eight inches, according to the weather service. On Monday night the RTM postponed the meeting, a few hours after the Greenwich delegation to Hartford postponed a meeting set for Town Hall to discuss the state’s health care system under the Affordable Care Act. As of Monday night, the Board of Estimate and Taxation still had its Tuesday meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Temperatures Tuesday are expected to be in the lower-20s during the day and single digits to teens at night, according to forecasts. This cold weather will be accompanied by north winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

Because of this, on Monday Gov. Dannel Malloy activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol. As part of that protocol, Mr. Malloy said he was directing the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Housing (DOH) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.

“Throughout the winter season, we continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter, especially our state’s most vulnerable populations,” Mr. Malloy said in a press release on Monday. “I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need.”

Greenwich has not taken any official steps yet but the forecast says some snow is headed the town’s way.

“An arctic airmass will gradually settle into the region for much of the upcoming week,” according to hazardous weather outlook issued Monday morning. “This will be accentuated Tuesday through Wednesday night. Widespread below-zero wind chills are forecast Tuesday night into early Wednesday.”

The snowfall is expected to begin late Tuesday morning and continue into Tuesday night “with the heaviest snowfall expected Tuesday afternoon and evening,” according to the weather service.

“Falling, blowing and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel and walking conditions across the area,” according to a winter storm watch, “possibly impacting the late afternoon and evening commute. Extreme cold and low wind chills could cause frost bite. Dress appropriately.”

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