The calm before the storm
Published 1:03 pm, Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Still reeling from the blizzard in Dec. 2010, the second storm of 2011 is right around the corner. Heavy snow is expected to sock southwestern Connecticut tonight for the third time in the last three weeks, with accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
In its "Winter Storm Warning" in effect for the region from 7 p.m. today to 6 p.m. tomorrow, the NWS predicts snow will start falling about 8 p.m., with the heaviest snow around midnight into early-morning tomorrow.
The storm will roar into the area with wind gusts from 25 to 35 mph, severely impairing visibility.
Mose Saccary, superintendant of operations of the highway department, is doing all he can to make sure New Canaan is caught up and ready for the storm.
"We will make sure all of our trucks, plows and lights are in working order. If anything needs to be fixed it will be addressed," Saccary said. "The plan is to get into town two to three hours before the storm starts and pre-treat the roads with product."
Saccary said placing product, like sand, salt and other materials, on the ground before snow falls "breaks the bond" with only one third of the amount used if it was applied on top of the snow.
After 8 p.m., snow should start falling as the temperature drops to about 28 degrees.
Overnight accumulation could be from 5 to 9 inches, according to the NWS, driven by increasingly strong winds.
Snow is expected to continue falling through tomorrow morning and into the afternoon, with additional accumulation from 3 to 9 inches. The daytime high will be about 32.
The storm should start easing by late afternoon, and snow will stop by about 7 p.m. tomorrow, the weather service says.