Winter Storm Warning and Extreme Cold Weather Alert

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from noon on Tuesday until early afternoon on Wednesday.

Tuesday:
The weather will become cloudy in the morning with light snow developing between noon and 3:00 PM in the afternoon. Temperature will be highs in the teens with a Northeast wind at 10 – 15 MPH. Roads are forecast to be dusted or lightly snow covered by the afternoon rush hour with a minor impact expected.

Tuesday Evening and Overnight:
The snow is forecast to become moderate after 6:00 PM with a period of moderate to heavy snow expected between 8:00 PM and 4:00 AM Wednesday morning. Temperatures will be very cold with lows in the single digits with wind chills between 0 and – 15 F at times. A moderate to major impact is expected on overnight travel with low visibilities, blowing, and some drifting of snow.

Wednesday Morning:
Snow will be ending from West to East between 7:00 – 10:00 AM with blowing and some drifting of the dry snow and snow cover on most roads. The impact on the morning rush hour is expected to be at the high end of moderate.

Total snowfall is currently forecast to range from 5″ – 7″ in the Northwest Hills, 6″ – 9″ in Central CT and up to 8″ – 12″ in Southeastern CT.

Impacts:
Falling, blowing and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel and walking conditions across the area possibly impacting the late afternoon and evening commute. Extreme cold and low wind chills could cause frost bite, dress appropriately.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Reminders for Residents:

  1. City Ordinances mandate the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks in front of homes and businesses within twelve (12) hours of the ceasing of such snow fall or freezing; or if such fall or freezing is in the nighttime, before 10:00 a.m. of the succeeding day so that such sidewalk shall be safe for public travel.
  2. For safety, snow and ice is mandated to be removed from passenger cars, trucks and commercial vehicles because of the dangers of ice missiles.
  3. Warming Centers will open Tuesday and Wednesday. Please see specific locations and hours as stated below.

Safety Concerns:

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack – a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible. If you must go out into the elements dress in layers and cover your skin.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • People can be injured in traffic accidents, on icy roads, from falls and from hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. When the extreme cold hits, it’s important for you to do what you can to stay warm.
  • Motorists should be aware of black ice and other hazardous conditions. Drivers are advised to be extra vigilant on the roads.

Warming Centers:
Please note day and time of center operation:
Stamford Government Center Lobby: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am to 9pm)
888 Washington Blvd., Stamford

Central Fire Headquarters: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
629 Main Street, Stamford
Stamford, CT

South End Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
215 Washington Blvd
Stamford, CT

West Side Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
80 Fairfield Avenue
Stamford, CT

East Side/Shippan Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
Stamford, CT

Woodside Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
1600 Washington Blvd
Stamford, CT

Belltown Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
8 Dorlen Road
Stamford, CT

Long Ridge Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
366 Long Ridge Rd.
Stamford, CT

Sprindale Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
987 Hope St.
Stamford, CT

Turn of River Fire Station: Tuesday and Wednesday (8am – 6pm)
Buxton Farms Road
Stamford, CT

Stay Informed Visit:
www.StamfordCT.gov
Fairfield County Public Radio (WSHU) – 1400 AM (WSTC)
WSHU Stamford Radio – 91.1 FM
WGCH Radio – 1490 AM
Fox Radio 95.9 FM
News 12 Connecticut, Channel 12

Fore More Information, Visit:
Be Prepared Stamford:
http://bepreparedstamford.org/ColdWeather.htm

CT Dept. of Public Health:

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FEMA’s Ready.Gov:
www.ready.gov

National Weather Service:
www.weather.gov

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