Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Deputy Fire Chief Bob Kepchar measure the snow outside Westport fire headquarters at 10 inches at about 9:30 a.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, at work today at the Emergency Operations Center at fire headquarters, said it was a quiet overnight with no incidents reported. He said Public Works Department snowplows were out during the night, taking breaks periodically. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he does not want to lift the travel ban on I-95 and other state roads until the storm abates in eastern Connecticut.
He told WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York that it makes no sense to allow travel on state roads in Fairfield County only to have traffic back up in New Haven and eastern Connecticut, which is being harder hit by the storm than western Connecticut.
He did not give an estimate when state roads will reopen.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Metro-North and Amtrak will discuss restoration of service this morning.
Earlier, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said MTA rail service will resume on a Sunday schedule by noon.
Metro-North later said this referred to New York State.
Malloy said Metro-North had to inspect the catenary system in Connecticut before resuming service.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today lifted a travel ban for Fairfield County and Litchfield County local roads as of 8:30 a.m.
Metro-North will resume rail service by noon on a Sunday schedule, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast told a New York City news conference.
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cumo, who opened his state’s roads except for Suffolk County, said today he coordinated with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut who, he said, will lift the Connecticut travel ban in some areas shortly.
Malloy was to address the public at 8:30 a.m.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with his emergency management team at the state Emergency Operations Center early today before addressing the public at 8:30 a.m.Contributed photo
UPDATE A view of I-95 looking southbound from a Department of Transportation camera at the Hales Road overpass in Westport shortly after 7 a.m. today. All roads remain closed under an order from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. He will update residents at 8:30 a.m. N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cumo lifted the travel ban for New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and other areas except Suffolk County at 7:30 a.m. DOT photo
Weather radar at 7 a.m. showed some portions of southwest Connecticut with no snow falling. Contributed graphic
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.
Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, Library, and Senior Center are closed due to the weather.
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Monday, January 26, 2015
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.