Forecast calls for six to 10 inches to hit Greenwich, schools closed on Wednesday

UPDATED TUESDAY 10:57 P.M. — Sick of the snow yet? Bad news. It looks like more is headed Greenwich’s way as forecasts are predicting the second of the latest winter-weather one-two punch will hit Tuesday night and schools are already closed for Wednesday as a major snowfall and possible ice storm are being forecast.

Another significant winter storm is expected to leave up to eight inches of snow and a coating of ice by the end of the day Wednesday, Feb. 5. The second blast of winter weather this week is expected to impact school and make it a mess for people trying to get anywhere on Wednesday and you will be able to get the very latest Wednesday morning starting at 6 a.m. on Hersam Acorn Radio right here at Greenwich-post.com.

While official word had not been expected until tomorrow morning, Superintendent of Schools William McKersie pulled the plug on the Greenwich Publis Schools Tuesday night. Schools was already cancelled on Monday and Wednesday will mean another day home for Greenwich kids. Greenwich Country Day, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Brunswick School and Greenwich Academy will be closed on Wednesday too.

A snow emergency in Greenwich is set to go into effect starting at 1 a.m. meaning that people will not be able to park in designated zones to allow safe passage for emergency vehicles and snow plows. A full list of the impacted street is available here courtesy of the town.

This new storm is expected to hit the day after a storm dropped approximately eight inches of snow on Greenwich, giving the town some of the highest totals in the region, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for southwestern Connecticut. It is in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The storm closed Greenwich schools and forced the closure of major community hubs like the Bruce Museum, the Boys and Girls Club and the Senior Center.

The snowstorm is expected to start late Tuesday night and last through Wednesday morning before the snow mixes with and changes to sleet and freezing rain later Wednesday, according to the weather service. The possibility exists of a major ice storm too. Jacob Meisel, of Swctweather.com , warned Tuesday night that the possibility of what he termed the “worst ice storm in coastal Southwestern Connecticut in years.” He warned people not to travel Wednesday morning at all if possible.

During the height of the storm, which could last up 18 hours, visibilities will be decreased to a quarter to a half mile.

The weather service is also warning of ice Tuesday morning in the area. “Temperatures in the teens and 20s this morning has resulted in refreezing of melted snow from yesterday’s storm,” the service said in a special weather statement issued Tuesday morning. “Untreated sidewalks and roads will make walking and driving hazardous. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution.”

Using the town’s reverse 911 system, Greenwich police Capt. Mark Kordick told residents that the state is predicting this will be a “moderate to major” winter storm event.

According to Capt. Kordick, light snow beginning around midnight is predicted to give way to very heavy, wet snow through the early morning hours continuing to midday tomorrow with some periods of limited visibility.  The snow will be mixed with and finally end with periods of sleet and freezing rain.  Total snow accumulations are predicted to be six to 10 inches and total ice accretions of up to one-quarter of one inch are likely.

But it won’t just be the snow that is a concern. Temperatures, even during the daytime, are not predicted to be above freezing for several days. Capt. Kordick warned that  this storm, especially with its potential for significant icing may cause trees and branches and power lines to become heavy and fall.  Residents should use extra caution when outdoors, be aware of the potential for falling trees and branches and never approach downed wires of any type.

“Additionally, residents should be mindful of the possibility of power and communications interruptions during and following this winter storm event,” Capt. Kordick said.

Additional staff has been added for the town’s Department of Public Works as well as the town’s emergency services.

Listen to Hersam Acorn Radio and check Twitter.com/greenwichpost for all the latest updates on the storm.

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