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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Weather to Affect First Night Turnout

UPDATE A year after bad weather seriously disrupted New Year’s Eve Westport Weston First Night activities, today’s weather threatened to do the same thing.WestportNow.com Image

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the area and light snow began falling in Westport at about 8 a.m. Police reported numerous spin-outs and accidents due to slippery roadways.

What was initially forecast as a light snow turned into a much heavier snowfall in the first couple of hours, covering many roadways with snow and ice with temperatures in the upper 20s.

The snow turned light again shortly after 10 a.m. and radar showed a snow squall had moved to the east. But another squall again produced heavier snow for a period shortly after 11 a.m. before the snow returned to occasional flurries half an hour later and soon ended.

First Night activities, severely cut back from the planned events a year ago, were set to kick off at 3 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. with a fireworks show over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center.

This year, all activities were limited to the downtown area with First Night headquarters at the Westport Weston Y. Click here for a full listing.

First Night organizers said the event would proceed as planned despite the weather.

Multiple minor accidents were reported on Westport roads shortly after the snow began falling.

State police also reported numerous spin-outs on the Merritt Parkway in the area.

Police shut down a portion of Sylvan Road North near Post Road West due to several accidents on a hill.

A police officer at Long Lots Road and Hyde Lane radioed that the roadway “is complete ice” and shut the roadway down until a sander arrived.

A traffic agent said “cars are all over the hill” at Kings Highway North near Post Road West and described the roadway as “a sheet of ice.”

Icy conditions also caused the shutdown of Greens Farms Road from Signal Lane to Wake Robin Road.

Police reported four cars involved in an accident and spin outs near Prospect Road. The road was reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

A two-car crash was reported at Long Lots Road and Bayberry Lane.


Posted 12/31/09 at 01:38 PM  Permalink


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Any one see the Ground Hog Day movie….....Yep! It’s happening here again.

Posted by Ann Marie Flynn on December 31, 2009 at 04:31 PM | #

I hope that everyone realizes that the snow is over and with no wind, it is actually quite pleasant outside.  The weather is ideal to move around to all of the First Night venues and to stick around for the fireworks at 9pm.  If you happen to be cold, there is always the bonfire on Jesup Green.

Posted by Allen Bomes on December 31, 2009 at 11:34 PM | #