Winter Storm Update 03

March 21st, 2018

An update from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

At noon radar showed light to occasionally moderate snow falling in southern CT.  The northern edge of the light snow is now in the Middletown area.  The falling snow is melting on contact on the highways.   Some secondary roads in southern Fairfield county may start to see a coating of slush and snow over the next few hours.  Temperatures are currently in the low to mid 30’s across the state with northeast winds gusting to 20 MPH inland and 25 – 30 MPH along the coast at times.  

Here’s the latest forecast based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models.  This forecast has a good confidence level.

THIS AFTERNOON: Snow becoming moderate along the entire coast by noon.  The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Total accumulations by the start of the rush hour at 3:00 PM are forecast to range from less than 1” in the Hartford area up to 5″ along the coast.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor in Northern CT and minor to moderate Southern CT.  Snowfall rates are forecast to be around 1/2″ per hour in the Hartford area and up to 1″ per hour along the coast by the end of the rush hour.  Much of the falling snow will likely melt on contact in the valleys.  Highs remaining near 30 F.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.  

THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and Midnight across most of the state.  The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads after dark, especially in southern CT.  Lows in the upper 20’s.  The snow is forecast to end around daybreak on Thursday.  A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.  Some power outages may occur due to the semi-wet snow.  

Winter Storm Update 02

March 21st, 2018

An update from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

A double barrel low pressure system is moving slowly into our area at this time.  At 8:45 AM light snow was falling along the coast and roads are currently just wet.  A band of moderate snow is just to the south over Long Island.  This band of heavier snow may reach the coast in the next few hours.  Temperatures are generally in the mid 30’s across the state.  Winter Storm Warnings are currently in effect for the entire state and continuing until 8:00 am Thursday morning.  The following forecast is based on a blend of the NAM and GFS models.  

THIS MORNING: Light snow is forecast to spread slowly into the state between now at the coast to noontime in the Hartford area.  Moderate snow later this morning could cause a minor to moderate impact along the I-95 corridor.  Temperatures are forecast to drop to near 32 F once the snow begins.  Northeast winds gusting to 25 MPH inland and 35 MPH along the coast.

THIS AFTERNOON: The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Total accumulations by the start of the rush hour at 3:00 PM are forecast to range from 1″ – 3″ in the Hartford area up to 6″ along the coast.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor in Northern CT and moderate Southern CT.  Snowfall rates are forecast to be around 1/2″ per hour in the Hartford area and up to 1″ per hour along the coast during the rush hour.  Much of the falling snow may melt on contact in the valleys.  Highs remaining near 30 F.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.  

THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and Midnight across most of the state.  The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads especially in southern CT.  Lows in the upper 20’s.  The snow is forecast to end before daybreak on Thursday.  A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.  Some power outages may occur due to the semi-wet snow.  

March 21 Conservation & Inland Wetlands Meeting Rescheduled

March 20th, 2018

The Wednesday, March 21, meeting of the Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission has been canceled due to the storm and rescheduled for Wednesday, March 28.

Winter Storm Update

March 20th, 2018

From Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

A double barrel low pressure system is forecast to move just south of our area on Wednesday and Wednesday night. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for the entire state beginning at midnight and continuing until 8:00 am Thursday morning. The following forecast is based on a blend of the NAM and GFS models.

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Light snow is forecast to spread slowly into the state between 7:00 AM at the coast to noon in the Hartford area. No significant impact is expected on the morning rush hour or late morning travel. Temperatures are forecast to drop a few degrees at the start of the light snow and hold between 25 – 30 F across most of the state. Northeast winds are forecast to gust to 25 MPH inland and 35 MPH along the coast at times.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: The snow is forecast to become moderate in Southern CT by the afternoon rush hour at 3:00 PM. The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Total accumulations by the rush hour are forecast to range from less than 1″ in the Hartford area up to 1″ – 3″ along the coast. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor in Northern CT and minor to moderate in Southern CT. Highs remaining near 30 F. Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.

WEDNESDAY EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM across most of the state. The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads. Lows in the upper 20’s. The snow is forecast to end before daybreak on Thursday. A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.

Total accumulations are forecast to range from 3″ – 6″ along the southeast coast (where sleet and rain may mix in), up to 6″ – 12″ in a wide band across the center of the state. Less snow is expected in the NW Hills with 3” – 6”. 

Winter Storm Warning Issued

March 20th, 2018

From Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT THURSDAY…

* WHAT…HEAVY MIXED WINTER PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONING TO HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO 13 INCHES, AND LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED.

* WHERE…IN CONNECTICUT, NORTHERN NEW LONDON, SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX AND SOUTHERN NEW LONDON COUNTIES. IN NEW YORK, NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK AND SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTIES.

* WHEN…FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT THURSDAY.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. TREE BRANCHES COULD FALL. EXPECT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET AND ICE WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED. CHECK LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION SERVICES FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS

Winter Storm Watch Issued

March 19th, 2018

From Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

* WHAT…HEAVY WET SNOW POSSIBLE. TOTAL WET SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* WHERE…LONG ISLAND AND SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT.�* WHEN…FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON WEDNESDAY. TREE BRANCHES COULD FALL. SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY ARE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…  A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS

Public Hearing on School District Budget

March 15th, 2018

On Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., the Regional School Board for our school district is holding a public hearing on the budget for the coming fiscal year. For the complete details, click on the document below to enlarge it.

RSD 18 Public Hearing

Winter Storm Update 02

March 13th, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection has provided the following updated storm information:

At 2:00 PM, radar showed moderate to heavy snow falling across eastern CT. The accumulating snow has ended across western CT. Road conditions remain wet in the valleys and snow covered in the higher elevations. Total snowfall thus far ranges from 3” – 5” across the valley locations and along the immediate coast up to 8” – 16” in the hills of Western and Eastern CT. Temperatures currently range from 30 – 35 F across the state. NE winds are sustained at 10 – 15 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH at times. Eversource and UI are currently reporting a total of 1,872 outages across the state.

THIS AFTERNOON: The snow in eastern CT is forecast to slowly taper off during the next 4 hours. Snowfall rates of 1” – 2” per hour within the heavier bands is possible for the few hours. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to range from minor in western CT and the valleys of central CT and moderate in the hills of central and eastern CT. Some snow showers may continue thru the evening.

Here’s a list of snowfall totals from across the state:

North Granby, 8.5
Gales Ferry,10.0
Canton, 6.0
Norwich, 16.0
Newtown, 10.8
Ledyard Center, 9.0
Easton, 9.5
Tolland, 6.1
Oxford, 9.0
East Killingly, 9.7
Bethany, 9.0
Eastford, 7.5
Seymour, 8.5
Chaplin, 7.5
N Bantam, 11.0

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this storm.

Town Hall, Library Closed Today (Tuesday, March 13)

March 13th, 2018

Town Hall and the Lyme Public Library will be closed today, Tuesday, March 13, due to the storm.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced they will also be closed today.

Winter Storm Update

March 13th, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection has provided the following updated storm information:

At 6:00 AM radar showed light to moderate snow falling across the state.  Temperatures currently range from 30 – 35 F across the state.  NE winds are sustained at 10 – 15 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH at times.

THIS MORNING: Light to moderate snow is expected in Western CT, moderate  to occasionally heavy snow is expected in Central CT and heavy snow is expected in Eastern CT during the morning rush hour.  The impact on the morning rush hour is expected to range from minor in western CT, moderate in central CT and moderate to major in eastern CT.   Roads in eastern CT are likely to have several inches of snow cover.  Roads in the Hartford / New Haven areas will likely have a lighter snow cover and slush combination.  Roads in western CT are forecast to have a light coating of slush.  The snow is forecast to continue thru the morning to be lighter in Western CT and heavier in Eastern CT.  Temperatures are forecast to rise into the low 30’s with North winds gusting to 30 MPH inland and 40 MPH along the coast at times.

THIS AFTERNOON: The snow intensity is forecast to lighten up by early afternoon and end from southwest to northeast between 3:00 – 7:00 PM. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to range from very minor in western CT, minor in central CT and moderate in eastern CT.   Roads in eastern CT are likely to have a few inches of remaining snow on the shoulders, ramps and secondary roads.  Roads in the Hartford / New Haven areas will likely have been plowed and have a light snow cover and slush combination.  Roads in western CT are forecast to have been plowed and have a light coating of slush on the shoulders and ramps.

Total snowfall from this storm is forecast to range from 4” – 8”  in Western CT, 8” – 12” in Central CT and 10” – 14” in Eastern CT.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this storm.