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Good afternoon, this is First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons with an important weather alert regarding a major winter storm approaching our area.
A possible Nor’Easter is expected to impact the state tomorrow and winter storm warnings have been issued for our area. We can expect a significant storm with possible blizzard conditions in the eastern part of the state, starting before daybreak tomorrow and continuing until Saturday evening. Winds could gust up to 50 - 60 MPH at times along the coast with temperatures in the upper teens and low 20’s. The impact on travel could be major with very low visibility and snow-covered roads. A minor to moderate number of power outages are possible. Total snowfall could range from 18” – 24” in eastern Connecticut.
Due to forecasted high winds, it is important that all residents take the time now to secure loose items in your yard that have potential to be thrown around by wind, and prepare for extended power outages and tree damage, potentially for an extended period of time. The Town Emergency Operations Team is coordinating with Eversource and other utility providers for anticipated power outages in our area.
As a precaution, on Saturday, January 29, all Town facilities, beaches and parks will be closed and all programming activities are cancelled. Please check the Town website for the most up-to-date information on the storm and any related facility closures and programming cancellations that might extend throughout the weekend. I also want to remind residents that there is no overnight parking on any state or town roads in order to keep the streets cleared for plowing.
Please take the necessary precautions for this major storm event now, including to prepare for possible power outages. If you must travel , keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. In the event of power outages, be sure to run generators outdoors and away from windows and doors.
Stay safe Madison. Thank you.