Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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NWS: Blizzard Warning Ended; 12 to 18 Inches Expected
UPDATE The National Weather Service has ended the Blizzard Warning for Westport and area and replaced it with a Winter Storm Warning calling for 12 to 18 inches of snow.
The Winter Storm Warning is in effect until midnight.
Overnight total snow accumulations in the Westport area were in the 6 to 8 inches range. No serious flooding occurred and there were no major incidents, according to officials.
The weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters on Post Road East measured the highest wind gust at 26 mph just after midnight.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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By late tonight, Westport was seeing blowing, drifting snow as the anticipated blizzard appeared to have finally arrived. View is on Gorham Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emma McKinney for WestportNow.com
A spinout on I-95 southbound tonight near the Hales Road overpass in Westport sent a box truck into the media and into a van, according to witnesses. One person was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
I-95 Crash Sends One to Hospital
A large box truck tonight spun out of control and hit the median and a van on snow-covered I-95 southbound between exits 18 and 17, according to witnesses. One patient was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation. Westport EMS has added extra volunteer crews for the next 36 hours for the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Transit Services Canceled for Tuesday
All Norwalk Transit District services have been suspended for Tuesday, including Westport commuter routes to train stations.
The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center is without traffic tonight a short time before the 9 p.m. travel ban ordered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy goes into effect. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Members of Westport’s two Rotary Clubs today participated for the first time in assisting the Westport Fire Department in staffing the Emergency Operations Center at fire headquarters. Bob Galan (c) and and Vic Muktarvaram answered calls from fellow Westporters about the storm, working under the guidance of Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Amtrak Suspends Service Tuesday
Due to the severe winter storm that is impacting the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak has suspended Northeast Regional and Acela Express service between New York and Boston on Tuesday.
Sherwood Island State Park Opened for Truckers
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today opened parking lots at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport as a truck refuge area where out-of-state truckers can wait out the storm, according to the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut.
Michael J. Riley, the president of the association which represents 800 trucking companies in the state, said its members were advised to get off the roads by late afternoon and that Sherwood Island and Hammonasset State Park in Madison were available for parking.
“We appreciate that the governor gave ample warning that he had decided to impose the traffic ban,” he said.
“As a result, we have enough time to make today’s deliveries and cope with the logistical problems which will present themselves through the rest of the week.”
—Ctmirror.org contributed reporting.
Metro-North Suspending Train Service
Metro-North said it will begin the suspension of service at 11 p.m. due to the weather.
The last train to New Haven will depart Grand Central at 9:39 p.m. This train usually terminates at Stamford, but will be extended to New Haven, making all local stops, the railroad said.
The last inbound train from New Haven will depart at 8:47 p.m.
Metro-North urged customers not to wait until the final train to get home.
Storm-Caused Field Promotion
Westport Fire Department Lt. Brian Meadows was promoted to assistant fire chief today and was immediately sworn in by First Selectman Jim Marpe at Town Hall. Chief Andrew Kingsbury said, “Because the traditional swear in ceremony could not be scheduled for a few weeks, we decided to perform it now.” He said the promotion will bolster department storm coverage, adding: “In a way, it’s like a field promotion.” Meadows joined Westport in 2001 after having been a firefighter paramedic in Amherst, Mass. He was promoted to lieutenant in June 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Update: YMCA Closing at 6 P.M.
Due to the intensifying snow storm, the Westport Weston Family YMCA said its Bedford Family Center at 14 Allen Raymond Lane will close at 6 p.m.
Family YMCA facilities, including the YMCA Gymnastics Center at 145 Main St. in Norwalk, will be closed on Tuesday.
Hitting the Road
Westport Department of Public Works snowplows head out late today from the garage on the Sherwood Island Connector to begin what likely will be extended shifts to keep Westport roads passable. Once winds pick up and visibility becomes limited, the plows will return to the garage to wait until the storm begins to abate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In addition to shopping for essentials, Westporters were busy today fueling up at gas stations. This was the scene at the Sunoco station, 322 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline O’Kane for WestportNow.com
Waves Picking Up at Compo
Marpe Issues Storm Statement
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today issued the following statement on the storm:
A blizzard warning is in effect throughout Connecticut and is anticipated to heavily impact the area tonight through Tuesday. Safety is the utmost priority. If there is a power outage, repairs will be made when it is safe to do so. At the height of the storm, due to high winds and potential for impassable roads, CL&P will not send linemen to repair downed wires until it is safe to do so.
There are several factors that make this storm dangerous:
- Expected snow accumulations of 18-24 inches will make driving extremely dangerous, including possible whiteout conditions, tonight and into early Wednesday morning. Governor Malloy has announced that a travel ban for all roads is in effect beginning at 9 p.m.
Standing Room Only on the New Haven Line
The 3:05 p.m. out of Grand Central to Westport today was standing room only. Johanna Rossi for WestportNow.com
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