Tuesday snow could drop 6-10 inches on Greenwich, snow emergency to go into effect

UPDATED TUESDAY 1:45 P.M. — A snow emergency is set to go into effect in Greenwich at 6 p.m. on Tuesday with several inches of snow expected to fall on the town tonight and into Wednesday morning.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Greenwich and the rest of southwestern Connecticut from noon Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast has caused several cancellations in town and schools will be dismissed early on Tuesday. Once the snow emergency goes into effect, people will be forbidden from parking in designated zones to allow for plows and emergency vehicles to have easy access. Violators of the rule will be subject to ticketing and towing and police will be on the road to enforce it. The designated areas are clearly marked and a full list of where those areas are is online at Greenwichct.org.

Hersam Acorn Radio, which can be heard on the Greenwich-post.com homepage, will have coverage of how Greenwich and the rest of southwestern Connecticut is effected by the storm.

Snow accumulations could be six to 10 inches with winds 10 to 20 mph and gusts up 30 mph.

The temperatures are expected to be in the upper teens to the lower 20s on Tuesday. The wind chills could make it feel like 10-below zero.

The snow could make visibilities as low as a quarter of a mile from late Tuesday afternoon into the night.

“Snowfall is expected to begin late Tuesday morning and continue through the night, tapering off early Wednesday morning,” according to the weather service. “The heaviest snowfall will occur late this afternoon into tonight.”

Greenwich and many other area public schools decided early Tuesday to operate on an early-dismissal schedule on Tuesday. All after school activities have been cancelled and Tuesday’s scheduled meeting of the Representative Town Meeting has been postponed, as has the meeting for the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET). The RTM has not announced when it will hold its meeting, but the BET has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. at Town Hall.

The falling, blowing and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel and walking condition across the area, possibly impacting the late-afternoon and evening commute,” according to the service. “Prolonged exposure to frigid cold and low wind chills could cause frostbite. Dress Appropriately.”

In response to the storm, Gov. Dannel Malloy is urging people to stay off the roads tonight and the state’s emergency operations center opened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. No similar actions have been taken in Greenwich, but people are being urged to drive carefully as road conditions have been reported as bad.

In a phone call to residents using the town’s reverse 911 system, Greenwich Police Capt. Mark Kordick said the town is fully prepared for the snow and that additional staffing, as appropriate, has been added to the Department of Public Works road crews in town and for first responder agencies.

Capt. Kordick said that travel is expected to be “quite hazardous” after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

“It is imperative that everyone that exercise additional caution during the storm, limit travel to only essential trips and dress appropriately for what could be bitterly cold conditions,” Capt. Kordick said.

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