Snow to continue through Thursday, flooding concerns raised

UPDATED WEDNESDAY NOON —  If you’re tired of looking at snow, get used to it. It’s going to be around for a while as forecasts call for snow  to fall throughout Thursday in Greenwich and even into early Friday.

The National Weather Service has also urged residents to beware of possible localized flooding at the high tide cycle on Thursday night. While there is not thought to be any significant threat to life or even any severe impact to property, this could cause basements in vulnerable shore areas to become flooded. As of late Thursday morning, the forecast called for snow to fall at a rate of two to four inches throughout the next few hours, mixing with sleet and rain in the early afternoon. That could create hazards though as people shoveling snow need to remember it will be extremely heavy. The snow has been coming down fast and hard in what is being described as “near blizzard conditions” by state officials.

Roads in Greenwich are very slick and difficult to drive on as of Thursday morning. The Department of Public Works brought on extra personnel to handle the storm but with so much snow falling and so much town to cover, while roads are being plowed it is still considered unsafe to drive. Residents have been urged by First Selectman Peter Tesei and the Greenwich Police Department to remain at off the roads and stay at home as much as possible.

Speaking to the Post on Thursday, town Emergency Management Director Dan Warzoha said the main roads in town were “passable” but that the secondary roads are in “rough shape” due to the severity of the storm.

“It’s going to be a while before we get everything cleared because we have a lot of this event to go,” Mr. Warzhoa said at noontime on Thursday.

While there have been calls for medical attention in town and the fire department attended to the flood at the Equinox Gym as well as to an accident where a car rolled over on Interstate 95, Mr. Warzoha said that “nothing too serious” has happened in Greenwich. When asked what advice residents should listen to, Mr. Warzoha said simply, “Stay home and be safe.”

The town had a snow emergency go into effect on Wednesday night. That restricts where residents can utilize street parking, which is a big issue since so much of the last snowstorm had not been cleared away and the new snow is piling on top of it. A full list of restricted parking areas is available here.

Greenwich’s public schools are already closed due to the winter break. On Thursday the town’s private schools closed and classes for Friday are very much in doubt. The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, YMCA, YWCA, the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Library are all closed on Thursday.

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