Snow expected to fall in Greenwich throughout Wednesday morning

The forecast called for more snow and that’s exactly what Greenwich is getting on Wednesday, forcing school closures and greeting commuters with a real mess.

Heavy snow is blanketing Greenwich and southwestern Connecticut on Wednesday morning. Temperatures will rise from the upper 20s into the low 30s. A winter storm warning is in effect for the region, with 4 to 10 inches of snow expected in Fairfield County before the precipitation turns to sleet and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Greenwich’s public and private schools made the decision to close on Wednesday on Tuesday night given the concerns about the snow and possible freezing rain. While Greenwich got the brunt of Monday’s storm, weather forecasts say that for Wednesday’s storm areas farthest away from the coast should get the most snow, with the temperatures remaining colder there and the change-over taking longer to occur. Higher amounts of snow are possible in some locations.

The snow should turn to sleet and freezing rain sometime in the late morning or early afternoon in Fairfield County, depending on distance from the shoreline, according to the NWS.

Forecasters expect one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of ice at the end of the storm, which could bring issues with tree limbs and power lines. Forecasters are showing a lot of concern about potential ice storms on Wednesday making travel hazardous. A snow emergency is in effect for Greenwich, limiting parking throughout town, and extra staffing has been brought in for the Department of Public Works and the emergency services branches.

“Travel will be extremely dangerous due to significant snow and ice accumulations,” the NWS said. “The combination of snow and ice accumulations will knock down tree limbs and power lines.”

The winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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