Thursday, January 27, 2011
Measuring the depth of snow on your porch, backyard, driveway or any other surface near your home quickly became a thing to do for many Westporters today. This is a tabletop measurement of accumulated snow at a home on Sturges Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
UPDATE State police at 11:30 a.m. reported a one-vehicle rollover on the Merritt Parkway southbound near Exit 42 in Westport.
Westport firefighters said when they arrived on the scene the one occupant was out of the vehicle and did not require medical attention.
Westport’s Main Street was ready for business early today after the snow ended. But many stores remained closed for lack of employees and customers. Some said they would open later in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Earthplace nursery school, museum building and all offices are closed today and all programs have been canceled.
The Westport Public Works Department measured the snowfall which ended early today at 16 inches, including the 3-4 inches that fell during the day on Wednesday, according to Scott Sullivan, highway supervisor.
The National Weather Service said Norwalk got 17 inches and Fairfield 15 inches.
A commuter makes his way along the Metro-North station at Westport today hoping to catch the first train after service was resumed at 9 a.m. Metro-North said trains would be operating on a Sunday schedule on the New Haven Line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Traffic was moving slowly on I-95 in Westport shortly after 9 a.m. today. Trucks were banned from travel until later in the day. View is looking west from the Hillspoint Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A resident of Westport’s Compo Road North measured new snow on the ground early today at 21 inches. Unofficial estimates from around town generally were in the 15 to 16 inch range. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Kneisel for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said as of 9 a.m., main line service will resume on the New Haven Line.
A Sunday schedule will be in effect. However, the 9:32 a.m., 10: 32 a.m. and 11:32 a.m. trains departing New Haven will not be operating, it said.
The New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches continue to be suspended.
The Westport Public Library will have a delayed opening today and will open at noon.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today.
All activities including the congregate lunch and home-delivered meals are canceled as well.
Please call 203.341.5099 if you have any questions or need assistance.
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service continues to be suspended due to significant snowfall amounts.
A spokeswoman said service may be out until 10 a.m. while crews clear the tracks and fix equipment problems.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy early today asked commuters to delay their drive to work as areas of major highways in the state were blocked by snow and snow-caused accidents.
Malloy ordered all nonessential state employees to delay arrival into work until noon.
The Westport Winter Farmers’ Market is closed today because of the weather.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation early today banned all truck traffic on I-95 and other highways because of the snow. Multiple accidents were reported on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway in the Fairfield County area. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the truck ban would continue until at least 10 a.m. View is looking south at Exit 17 in Westport DOT photo
UPDATE As the snow began winding down early today, many Westport homes were without power, Connecticut Light and Power Company said.
At 4 a.m., CL&P said 49 Westport customers were in the dark, but at 6:30 a.m. it reported the number was down to two.
Police said part of Easton Road was closed at about 4 a.m. because of a downed tree near 54 Easton Road, but no power lines were involved.
The road was reopened at 5:15 a.m.
The Westport Public Schools will be closed for all students and staff today. All offices will be closed.
All activities scheduled for today will be canceled or rescheduled for a later date.
Metro-North said at 4:25 a.m. due to weather-related issues, service is currently suspended on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line.
A lone snowplow makes its way along I-95 southbound near Exit 17 in Westport early today as yet another snowstorm hit the area.The National Weather Service said this is the snowiest January on record as measured at Bridgeport with 34.8 inches as of Wednesday, surpassing the January Bridgeport record of 26.2 inches set in 1965. DOT photo
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said at 2:33 a.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking several bands of heavy snow across the region. Overall, there is a weakening trend occurring, it said.
One band extends through Fairfield and into Westchester County. Snowfall rates are estimated to be around an inch per hour, a statement said.
In addition, gusty winds between 20 and 30 mph with occasional gusts up to 35 mph will occur causing blowing and drifting snow and reducing visibilities to a half-mile or less.
A back porch table and chairs is covered in white early today as heavy snow hit the Westport area for at least the fifth time this season. The National Weather Service said 14 inches or more were possible before the storm moves away in the pre-dawn hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. -
Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers’ MarketCANCELED
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
Noon - Westport Public Library -
[email protected] Library: Caroline Leavitt, “Pictures of You”CANCELED
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Notes On A Scandal” (2006)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Kid Kulture Film Screening & Discussion: “Stand by Me” (1986)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
An updated Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. tonight increased the amount of snow possible by Thursday morning in the Westport area to 14 inches.
A National Weather Service map issued late tonight shows the Westport area getting 14 inches or more of snow by Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) National Weather Service map
It said 9 to 14 inches were expected in total with locally higher amounts possible. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice was expected this evening, it said.
North winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph are expected overnight with the highest winds east and along the coast, the Weather Service said.
It said there will be heavy snow overnight which will taper to flurries just before dawn. The heaviest snow will fall from late this evening through the pre-dawn hours.
A man and woman from Stratford were injured at about 9 p.m. tonight when their car slid into the median in the northbound lanes of I-95 just past the Hillspoint Road overpass in Westport. Assistant Chief Bill Dingee said the driver was trying to avoid a tractor-trailer changing lanes and skidded into the center divider. Their infant son strapped in the back seat was also taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS for observation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Traffic edges past the scene of an accident in the northbound lanes of I-95 tonight just past the Hillspoint Road overpass in Westport. A Stratford couple were injured and transported to Norwalk Hospital along with their uninjured infant son who was strapped in the back seat after their vehicle slammed into the median, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bill Dingee. It was one of numerous accidents reported as heavy snow began falling in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com