Saturday, March 02, 2024

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Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. issued the following special statement shortly before 6 p.m.:

Dangerous blizzard conditions developing in the New York City metropolitan area and parts of the lower Hudson Valley and southwest Connecticut.

Bands of heavy snow will continue through 8 p.m. The heaviest band setup now extends from northeast New Jersey and New York City northward into western Putnam County.

Other bands of heavy snow were forming just to the east over Nassau and southern Fairfield counties. These bands may remain nearly stationary over the next few hours.

Highway Superintendent and Crews in Eye of Storm

By Dave Matlow

When the going gets rough on Westport roadways, Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan and his men in Westport’s Public Works Department Highway Division are in the thick of it. Today they were out doing what they do best—battling high winds and blowing snow.WestportNow.com Image
A truck leaves the Westport Department of Public Works facility on the Sherwood Island Connector late today to do some plowing and spreading of salt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sullivan was at his command post in the Public Works garage on the Sherwood Island Connector orchestrating a fleet of 14 town trucks as they struggled to keep Westport’s 123 miles of roads open as a blizzard bore down on the Northeast.

The trucks, backed by a number of local contractors, are plowing and spreading a salt mix on roadways and will operate 24 hours a day until the job is done, he said.

There are no shifts—the same drivers will work throughout the night with breaks for food and rest.  Each truck has a capacity of about eight tons of salt mix and “in a storm such as this, we might fill some trucks three or four times,” Sullivan said.

Damaged by Run-In With Snowplow

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An SUV sustained severe damage resulting from a collision of the vehicle and a snowplow today in front of Westport’s Men’s Wearhouse, 950 Post Road East.  According to the SUV driver, a Fairfield resident, he was traveling east on the Post Road when the truck that was clearing the Men’s Wearhouse parking area backed into his lane on the Post Road. The driver of the SUV could not stop on the icy roadway despite applying his brakes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. late today issued the following special statement:

Bands of moderate to heavy snowfall will continue to move in off the Atlantic through this evening. The heaviest band set up across metro New York, western Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and southwest Connecticut may remain nearly stationary the next several hours.

Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, gusty winds up to 45 mph and visibilities of 1/4 to 1/2 miles are expected with the snow with near blizzard conditions developing.

Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel and exercise extreme caution if you must travel. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect.

Amtrak Cancels Boston-New York Service

Amtrak has canceled service between Boston and New York as a result of the major winter storm moving up the East Coast.

There will be no more trains from New York to Boston after 5 p.m., and service between Boston and New York will shut down following a 5:10 p.m. departure.

Amtrak said a total of eight trains have been canceled — five to Boston and three to New York.