Danbury Roads Improved, Statewide/Danbury Travel Ban Ends at 4 p.m., Blizzard Charlotte, Day 2

Danbury has 244 roads and 50 percent were impassable Saturday morning. Much improved now by 3 p.m. The travel ban in Danbury will end at 4 p.m. Gov. Malloy lifting statewide ban at 4 p.m. too.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m. 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will lift the driving ban on Danbury roads at 4 p.m. Saturday. Gov. Malloy is doing the same at 4 p.m.
"Congratulations to our highway department. They worked around the clock and did a terrific job," Boughton said in a robo call Saturday at about 3:20 p.m. The ban on state highway travel ends at 4 p.m.

UPDATE 3 p.m.

Stadley Rough, Great Plain, Federal Road, Sand Pit Hill Road, windblown but drying in the sun. Roads much improved since morning.

UPDATE 1:06 p.m.

CL&P reports homes without power fell from 93 two hours ago to 14 at 1:06 p.m.

UPDATE 10:52 a.m.

CL&P reports 93 homes without power in Danbury. Governor extends travel ban and warns clean-up to take days.

UPDATE 10:34 a.m.

Danbury police are investigating the death of a man that occurred sometime Friday night or Saturday morning outside his house on Forest Avenue.

UPDATE 10:14 a.m.

Regional YMCA in Brookfield to open on this schedule.

Branch update:

Our Greenknoll branch will re-open at noon on Sunday.
Boughton Street will re-open Monday morning.

 - As always. Boughton street members are welcome to use Greenknoll on Sunday.

Please be safe as we all shovel out and begin to travel.

UPDATE: 7:29 a.m.

Half of Danbury's roads are impassable right now, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton reports. Stay home he urged, people. Stay closed, he urged businesses. Stay safe. He said the city received 18 to 24 inches of snow and the roads will be open later this afternoon.

UPDATE: 3:33 a.m. Saturday.

Governor Malloy has ordered all roads in Connecticut closed until further notice. This traffic ban extends to all vehicles except for those emergency response and recovery vehicles with the capacity to maneuver in heavy snow.

"It's critical right now that residents stay off the roads, so that our plows can continue their efforts to clear our streets and highways," said Governor Malloy.  "This is a record setting storm.  It's going to take time to dig out of the snow.  Stalled or abandoned vehicles will only slow that process.  Unless you face an emergency, please stay put."

Notice of the travel ban was sent over the state's Emergency Broadcast System.

UPDATE: 4:38 a.m. Friday.

State Homeland Security and Emergency Management issued the following warning. Apparently, you know where will freeze over tonight.

"This Evening and Overnight…Blizzard conditions with snowfall rates up to 5” per hour and zero visibilities at times in blowing and drifting snow.  Lows dropping into the low 20’s statewide with Northeast Winds gusting to 50 MPH inland and up to 70 MPH along the coast.  Moderate power outages and moderate coastal flooding expected during the evening high tide.  Tides are forecast to run 2 – 4 feet above normal resulting in overland flooding 1 – 3 feet deep in low lying areas of Western Long Island Sound during high tide which is at 9:50 PM in Western Long Island Sound.

Saturday Morning…Heavy snow tapering to moderate snow from West to East between 5:00 – 8:00 AM.  Strong North Winds gusting to 50 MPH Inland and 60 MPH at the Coast.  Zero visibilities at times with Blizzard Conditions until 8:00 AM.  Later in the morning the moderate snow is forecast to taper off to flurries by Noon.

Saturday Afternoon…Continued blowing and drifting of snow with Northwest winds gusting to 40 MPH at times and ground blizzard conditions at times.

Total snowfall may be historic with 16 – 24” in Western CT, 20 – 36” in Central and Eastern CT and 15 – 30” along the coast.  Isolated amounts to 40” may occur.  The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) will continue to monitor the latest conditions and will issue another update at 7:00 PM.


Douglas W. Glowacki
Emergency Management Program Specialist
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT 06457

UPDATE: 3:12 p.m. Friday.

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon announced that CT TRANSIT bus service will begin shutting down service at 4PM today, and all buses will stop running by 6PM.  This shut down will be in effect for the entire state until further notice.

UPDATE: 12:58 p.m. Friday.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has declared a state of emergency in preparation for today's blizzard, and he may close state highways at any time. Malloy said he is working with New York and Massachusetts officials on when is the right time to shut the highways. Connecticut's Governor urges people to limit nonessential driving.

UPDATE: 11:49 a.m. Friday.

Newtown Savings Bank just alerted Danbury Patch on Facebook it closed its branches at noon and they will not reopen Saturday. Thanks for the heads-up.

UPDATE: 10:31 a.m. Friday.

Starbucks on Federal Road will close at 1 p.m. today. Bradley Airport is closing at about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

UPDATE: 10:31 a.m. Friday.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton declared a level 1 Snow Emergency in the city Friday, which asks people to not park on city streets. The Patriot Garage on Delay Street will open for parking at 1 p.m.

Boughton said the National Weather Service is calling for 12 to 24 inches of snow in Danbury over the next 24 hours. He asked people to clear their sidewalks and expect high winds and possible power outages later today.

"Make preparations now," Boughton said.

UPDATE: 9:32 a.m. Friday.

Workers replacing a broken utility pole near the Regional Hospice home on Stadley Rough Road closed the road there Saturday at about 9 a.m. The work appeared to be nearly complete by 10 a.m. After the pole was set, workers started to attach the wires.

UPDATE: 8:32 a.m. Friday.

The snow started falling in Danbury at about 8 a.m. and the first sanding trucks hit Stadley Rough before 7:30 a.m.

UPDATE: 7:53 a.m. Friday.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is closed Friday. Saturday hours will be determined later today, based on how much snow falls.

UPDATE: 7:40 a.m. Friday.

All Connecticut courts and administrative offices will be closed on Friday, February 8, 2012. For more information, click here.

UPDATE: 10:49 p.m. Thursday.

CL&P assures Connecticut it is ready and in the midst of its emergency response plan in the face of Friday's snow storm.

The company is prepared for any possible power outages as the predicted heavy, wet snow and high winds have the potential to bring trees down onto power lines. CL&P’s "Shopping for a Storm Kit" video on YouTube (http://youtu.be/X8Y_M4SO5oE) highlights the contents of a storm kit.

UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. Thursday.

From the Office of the President. Western Connecticut State University will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 8, due to the forecasted winter storm. All day and evening classes, activities, and normal operations are cancelled for tomorrow.  Only essential personnel should report for duty tomorrow. James W. Schmotter, President, Western Connecticut State University.

UPDATE: 4:32 p.m. Thursday.

Danbury Schools Closed on Friday, February 8th, from Deborah Warner, Danbury Public Schools Administration.

UPDATE: 7:13 p.m. Thursday.

State Department of Motor Vehicles to cancel road tests after 11:30 a.m. Friday. For more information, click here.

UPDATE: 8:53 p.m. Thursday.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: BLIZZARD WARNING. FRIDAY. DANBURY: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. East wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

UPDATE: 9:10 p.m., Thursday.

Add your photos or any news and information you come across during the storm Friday and this weekend. Here is the link for your photos.

Carrie Marie February 08, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Very helpful. Thanks.
FriendlyCritic February 09, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Everyone on earth is calling this storm "Nemo." Langlois calls it "Charlotte." Just another example of Mark being completely clueless.
FriendlyCritic February 09, 2013 at 02:49 PM
"No cars, no trains, no planes" <-- Seriously? That's cornier than ethanol.
Nancy 1 February 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Can't drive on the roads anyway....they are FULL of BIG potholes....almost ruined my car driving at night when you can't see them


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