Schools close as blizzard approaches

Jan 03

Winter is coming! All schools in the tri-town have been closed as a blizzard warning is in effect for the local area.

The blizzard warning, from the National Weather Service, begins at 1 a.m. on Thursday, January 4. It will end at 1 a.m. on Friday, January 5.

Recycling in the tri-town has also been cancelled for tomorrow, and pushed back to Friday and Saturday.

The National Weather Service predicts that the area will receive 7-10" of snow, with localized areas of up to 14" possible. White-out conditions are expected, and travel is considered extremely dangerous.

Drivers are urged not to drive. Those required to travel, the National Weather Service said, should carry a winter survival kit with them, including a blanket, flashlight and emergency phone charger. Those stranded are being told to remain with their vehicle.

In addition, wind gusts as high as 60-70 mph are expected during the storm. The winds will likely cause additional damage from falling trees. Widespread power outages are also expected.

Eversource offered a list of safety resources on their website, including stocking up on non-perishable foods and pet food, making sure you have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions and filling large containers with water for drinking. Homeowners are also encouraged to fill their bathtubs to have water for flushing the toilet.

Possession of spare batteries and a first aid kit is also recommended.

In addition, cars should be topped off with gasoline.

When the storm hits, Eversource customers are encouraged to reporter a power outage online or call 800-592-2000. The report line is staffed 24/7 during an emergency.

School and town building closings will be reported as they are announced.