Public schools closed on Wednesday due to anticipated snow

Greenwich Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday due to an anticipated snowfall that could snarl travel throughout the state.

Schools were scheduled to have a half day anyway with the Thanksgiving break starting but Superintendent of Schools William McKersie made the call to cancel classes entirely early Wednesday morning. Snowfall could wreak havoc on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year and now at least Greenwich school buses will not be on the road.

Due to Greenwich’s proximity to the water it’s unclear how much snow and how much rain will be coming, but snow is expected to hit the state today and on Tuesday Gov. Dannel Malloy urged drivers to take this into consideration as they make travel plans for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches and Warnings for most of the state — including Fairfield and New Haven counties — from Wednesday morning through Thanksgiving morning. From 4 to 16 inches of snow is possible in various parts of Connecticut. Since Greenwich is on the shoreline, it is currently forecast to get more rain than snow with the heavier snow remaining inland.

“Although this does not appear to be a major storm, it does have the potential to produce moderate snowfall and create hazardous driving conditions during the busiest travel day of the year,” Mr. Malloy said.

“I am asking everyone who must travel to use caution to ensure that you get to your destination safely,” he said. “If it’s possible for you to leave on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, I would urge you to do so.”

Mr. Malloy was briefed Tuesday by key agency officials on the state’s preparations and posture leading up to the impending snowstorm.

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and is ready to coordinate any response or assistance that may be necessary, according to the governor.

The state’s Emergency Operations Center will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and state office buildings will close early. There is no indication that Greenwich will need to take similar steps.

“The more we can get cars off the road before this storm’s real impact is felt, the better our chances are for dealing with whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” Mr.  Malloy, who made the decision after consulting with emergency management officials and assessing current forecasts, said.

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