Morning guide to the blizzard in Fairfield County
Published 9:33 am, Monday, December 27, 2010
INTERSTATE 95 and STATE ROADS: The DOT and state police are encouraging drivers to stay off of the roads this morning. Although major highways are "passable," the state police said it is difficult for the DOT plows to do their jobs when there are cars on the road. If you do head out on any road, the DOT cautions you to leave early to arrive safely, drive slow and watch out for plows.
Currently all highways and secondary state roads (Interstate-95, Merritt Parkway, Route 8) are slow going, but there are no reported major accidents.
LOCAL ROADS: Streets are in worse condition than major highways as continued snowfall and blowing snow has created drifts. Plows are clearing the roads and then returning to clear the roads again. Local police departments are reporting numerous minor accidents, spinouts and cars stuck in the snow.
RAILS: Metro North has suspended service on the New Haven line in both directions because of frozen switches and equipment failures. Officials do not know when service will be restored.
Amtrak is providing limited service to New York City and Boston. Passengers are being told to expect delays. Service from New York to Washington, D.C. is running, but delays are also possible on that line.
WEATHER: Snow is expected to continue until mid-day with high winds gusting as high as 35 m.p.h. expected to blow the snow already on the ground. Scattered snow showers are possible after 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
POWER: United Illuminating is reporting over 1,000 outages in Fairfield. Bridgeport has also been effected, with 300 customers without power, Stratford has a reported 23 customers without power and 79 customers are without power in Shelton. There are 2,198 customers without power across the state.
Connecticut Light & Power is reporting 1,755 outages in Norwalk, 1,941 outages in Stamford, 1,074 in Westport, 1,025 in Wilton and 363 customers without power in Greenwich. Across the state there are over 21,000 customers of CL&P without power.
AIR TRAVEL: In Connecticut, Bradley International Airport is open again this morning as of 9 a.m. Flights have been canceled both in and out of the airport, so officials are advising travelers to call their airlines for flight information.
In New York, Westchester County Airport is also open, but is advising customers to contact specific airlines for flight details.
LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Airports are all closed. Newark is expected to reopen at noon, LaGuardia at 2 p.m. and J.F.K at 4 p.m.
More than 1,400 flights have been canceled in the New York region.