Snow closes Greenwich schools on Monday, town puts parking restrictions in place

UPDATED MONDAY 9 A.M. — Greenwich students can sleep in Monday morning as public school for Feb. 3 has been cancelled due to the snow. Greenwich’s private schools will be closed as well as an a forecast of six inches is expected, causing the town to declare a snow emergency and put parking restrictions in place.. Many local organizations have also closed for the day. Check Greenwich-post.com for the latest from Hersam Acorn Radio.

In addition to the schools, the Greenwich Senior Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich and the Bruce Museum will be closed on Monday. The Greenwich YMCA will be open but all child and youth classes have been cancelled. On Monday morning the Board of Selectmen declared a snow emergency putting into effect parking restrictions throughout town. People will not be allowed to park in clearly designated snow emergency zones  to allow for plows and emergency vehicles to get through. Vehicles that do not comply with this are subject to ticketing and towing.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Greenwich and the rest of southwestern Connecticut for Monday morning through 7 p.m. Hersam Acorn Radio will be on with live storm coverage on this website beginning at 6 a.m. Monday. You can tune in at Greenwich-post.com. We’ll share closings, delays and traffic information. Closings and delays can be sent to us by email at [email protected]

Snow accumulations of three to five inches, with more in some areas, are in the forecast for Monday, Feb. 3, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds are expected to pick up Sunday night, form five to 10 mph, before increasing to 10 to 15 mph on Monday. The temperature is expected to drop into the mid-30s Sunday night, from Sunday’s high around 50. By Monday morning, the temperatures is expected to be below freezing.

During the height of Monday’s storm, visibilities could be less than a half mile, according to the weather service.

The winter weather advisory, issued Sunday afternoon, is in effect Monday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to SWCTWeather.com, there is a 50% chance for school closings in southwestern Connecticut because of the storm, as of 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jacob Meisel, who runs SWCT Weather, tweeted that as much as five inches of snow could fall by the coast, with a potential for heavy snow between 8 and 10 a.m. – at the height of rush hour.

Meisel has advised residents to, if possible, avoid travel until 1 p.m., when temperatures may briefly rise above freezing.

The storm is expected to start with a light rain or wintry mix after midnight. “As the precipitation becomes heavier Monday morning, the precipitation will change to all snow,” according to the weather service’s advisory. “The snow will taper off from west to east during Monday afternoon and end by early evening.”

Unlike the previous two major snow storms, this snow is expected to be wet and heavy. The two bigger storms in January brought light, dry snow that made clearing roads and sidewalks easier.

“The wet snow may add extra weight to tree branches and power lines,” according to the weather service,” potentially causing isolated power outages.”

Forecasters are also keeping watch on another potential for significant snow Wednesday. More details will be posted as they become available. Check Greenwich-post.com and Twitter.com/greeenwichpost for the latest updates.

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