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No accidents, power outages in New Canaan

Updated 4:50 pm, Friday, January 3, 2014

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  • New Canaan woke up to six inches of snow Friday morning, Jan. 3, 2014. Photo: Nelson Oliveira / New Canaan News
    New Canaan woke up to six inches of snow Friday morning, Jan. 3, 2014. Photo: Nelson Oliveira

 

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A winter storm warning remains in effect across Fairfield County until 1 p.m. Friday.

In New Canaan, all town offices are closed today.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said there have been no reports of accidents, power outages or fire emergencies so far. He believes part of the reason was because most residents did not go out during the storm.

"A lot of people did hear the warnings and stayed home," Mallozzi said.

Mallozzi said the road conditions improved a lot in the morning. Town crews started working at about 4 a.m. today to clean the roads, he said.

Besides the town hall, all public schools and the Lapham Community Center are closed today. The New Canaan Library opened at 10:30 a.m. today.

National Weather Service snowfall tallies for Fairfield County put Darien on top with 9.5 inches of snow this morning. New Canaan and Norwalk each woke up to about 6 inches, according to NWS.

The state Department of Transportation has 632 trucks on major roads. The bitter cold temperatures are causing some problems with treating the roads.

AAA reports it has received about 1,110 calls from motorists, many with dead car batteries.

State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said troopers responded to 224 accidents, 25 with injuries and more than 2,700 calls for service across the state as of 11:40 a.m.

The storm delivered yet another blow to Metro-North commuters. Only 60 percent of Metro-North trains are running today and operating on a Saturday schedule. Many of the trains that were running were often late.

A winter storm warning 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. Police suggest that is travel is necessary that drivers should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency.