New Canaan Under Winter Storm Warning Through Friday

Here comes the snow. Here's what you need to know.

Starting at 4 a.m. Thursday, New Canaan is under a Winter Storm Warning through 1 p.m. Friday. A coastal storm heading this was is supposed to bring the potential for heavy snow, strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills. Near-blizzard conditions are forecast.

Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is expected with the storm. One to two inches of that should be falling through the morning rush hour. The most significant amount of snow is expected to redevelop Thursday evening into Friday morning.

Winds could reach 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, creating dangerous driving conditions with blowing and drifting snow. Wind chills could reach 5 degrees below zero Thursday night through Friday, producing extremely cold conditions.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Significant amounts of snow are forecast and will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency during the height of the storm. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Severe weather conditions may also bring power outages. Preparation is very important. Residents are urged to be fully prepared for this winter storm.

It is recommended to stay indoors during the blizzard conditions.  Winter storms are dangerous. People can be injured in traffic accidents, on icy roads, from falls and from hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.

Additional tips on how to prepare for and respond to severe weather, visit: www.ready.gov and www.weather.gov. Anyone in need of shelter during the storm is urged to call 211.

"I am asking residents to use caution as they head out for their Thursday and Friday commutes and give yourself some extra time to get to your destination. I am also asking that you avoid travel during the height of the storm Thursday night," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "We are also taking steps to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter. I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need. State emergency management officials are preparing for the potential impacts of this severe weather and continue to provide me with regular updates."


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