New Canaan counts down: 50 days 'til spring!
Some people thought the worst was over. But Mother Nature has a knack for kicking us while we're down as evidenced by the latest and biggest storm to hit New Canaan since the onslaught began at the end of 2010. The region was walloped by a two-part storm that dumped at least 15 inches of snow on the region -- pushing the January snowfall total over the record and creating havoc Thursday morning's rush-hour travel and crippling business, government and schools.
The overnight snowfall was fierce, coming down at rates of 2 to 3 inches an hour during certain periods, leaving a thick blanket of wet snow on top of the white stuff already on the ground.
As of 5 a.m., Interstate 95 was shut down by tractor-trailer accidents in Fairfield, Darien, Bridgeport and Branford.
Service on Metro-North Railroad was also suspended thanks in part to a derailment at the New Canaan train station early Thursday morning due to the white out conditions.
New Canaan Highway Department Superintendant of Operations Mose Saccary has certainly had enough.
"Things are tough. There is just too much snow," Saccary said. "It's getting hard."
Still, Public Works has cleared most of the snow around the town; the only problem is finding a place to put it all. Saccary explained that the transfer station is completely full and that they're putting the rest of the snow in empty lots in Waveny Park.
"That's our only option right now," Saccary said. "It's the usual thing, just the magnitude is too much."
In the midst of being bombarded by more snow and more work, Saccary has found solace in these cold, frigid days by looking forward to a time when snow will be no more.
"C'mon April!" he said with a laugh.
Not a bad outlook. Only 50 days and counting until spring.