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Greenwich Blanketed in Snow

Roads are slick with numerous spinouts and accidents happening around Greenwich.

A spinout on I-95 near northbound Exit 2 in Greenwich. Screenshot from CTDOT.
A spinout on I-95 near northbound Exit 2 in Greenwich. Screenshot from CTDOT.

By Barbara Heins.

Updated: 4:28 p.m., Feb. 3:

The Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that on Tuesday, Feb. 4, will start road tests at 10 a.m. The delay is due to expected poor and slippery driving conditions. Anyone with a scheduled road test before 10 a.m. can call DMV to choose a new date. The numbers to call are 860-263-5700 if someone is within the Hartford area and toll-free 800-842-8222 for those outside the Hartford area. DMV is also attempting to contact customers with road test appointments to advise them of the schedule change. 

Customers are advised to check the DMV website at ct.gov/dmv for any updates

Updated: 2:30 p.m., Feb. 3:
The picturesque snowfall that prompted closure of Greenwich schools on Monday, caused several accidents as road crews continued efforts to clear streets and sidewalks of the heavy wet snow.

About five inches has blanketed the town by early afternoon.

As the afternoon progressed, the condition of Route 1 — East and West Putnam avenues — improved...especially after Connecticut Department of Transportation crews blowed and salted the road.

Got a pic of the snow? Share it on the community bulletin board!

Traffic moved relatively slowly along Pemberwick and Glenville roads which were covered with about an inch of snow, despite the efforts of plow crews. Less traveled roads including Valley Road look scenic but was treacherous. There was evidenced by a pickup with a crushed front-end, that was left abandoned in the road.

Some children took advantage of the day off and enjoyed tubing on the hill at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center.

The National Weather Service issued an update which said the snow should begin to taper off by the evening rush hour.

Updated: 10:10 a.m., Feb. 3:
Numerous accidents including spinouts are being reported throughout Greenwich — on both local roads and state highways.

Greenwich Police and Fire departments are responding to numerous calls mid-Monday morning.

Among the cancellations are:
  • Boys & Girls Club Greenwich has announced it is closed today.
  • The Greenwich Library has cancelled the 10:30 a.m. children's storytime and the 2 p.m. Mango Languages Database premier program.
  • All Youth Services programs at the Perrot Memorial Library.
  • All children's programs at the YWCA Greenwich, which has a delayed opening of 12 noon.
  • All children classes and childcare programs are cancelled at the Greenwich YMCA. The facility is open.

Updated: 5:52 a.m. Feb. 3:
Greenwich public and private schools are closed today, Monday, Feb. 3 as a winter storm has coated the region with about an inch of snow. Up to 8 inches of snow are expected to blanket the region before the storm moves out late Monday.

Updated: 4:40 p.m., Feb. 2

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the region — including southwestern Connecticut and Fairfield County that goes into effect at 5 a.m. Monday.

The advisory will remain in effect until 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, as a quick-moving storm is expected to dump up to seven inches of heavy, wet snow. The brunt of the storm is predicted to arrive early Monday morning. With winds in the 10 to 15 mph range, visibility will be no more than a half-mile during the storm, according to the NWS.

The snow will taper off from west to east during Monday afternoon and end by early evening. The wet snow may add extra weight to tree branches and power lines, potentially causing isolated power outages, according to the NWS.

Greenwich Patch will have the latest information on possible school opening delays or cancellations as soon as they are available.

Original story: 3:06 p.m., Feb. 2
Punxsutawney Phil predicted more winter Sunday and that's exactly what we'll see this week, beginning with snow on Monday.

The storm could bring anywhere between 3 inches and 7 inches along the coast, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), which issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook ahead of the storm.

The precipitation will start before dawn Monday in the form of rain, sleet and snow. By 4 a.m., it will likely just be snow coming down and it will stay that way till about 2 p.m., the NWS predicts.

Tuesday will bring mostly sunny skies, and then there's a chance for another wintry mix Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Editor Gary Jeanfaivre contributed to this report.

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