Live updates: Snow causes slick roads in CT

Snow falling in Easton, Conn., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.

With a storm expected to drop up to 8 inches of snow across Connecticut Thursday into Friday, several municipalities have announced parking bans to keep streets clear for plows.

Snow-covered roads and potentially hazardous travel are expected as snow starts to fall, with all of Connecticut under a winter weather advisory through 7 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snow will hit late Thursday morning into the evening.

Below, find the latest on parking bans, the forecast and more weather-related information.

1:43 p.m. — Newtown police said fingerprinting services at the police station have been canceled for Thursday because of the weather.

1:35 p.m. — A snow emergency has been declared in Fairfield, with a parking restriction set to go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday on Reef Road, Fairfield Beach Road, Rowland Road, Penfield Road and Beach Road. Parking is prohibited on those streets until snow removal is complete. Veterans Park and Penfield Pavilion are available for overnight parking.

1:28 p.m. — A parking ban will go into effect on all public streets in Vernon at 9 p.m. Thursday and remain in effect through 5 p.m. Friday. Violators can be ticketed and/or towed.

1:15 p.m. — Police in Easton say road conditions are “hazardous,” adding that the department has taken numerous reports of vehicles sliding off the road in town. Police asked all residents to stay home unless they absolutely must travel. Anyone who has to travel should drive slow and leave plenty of space between vehicles, police urged.

12:58 p.m. — The National Weather Service said a band of heavy snow will shift through the area from now until around 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Thursday, bringing snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour to southern Connecticut. Visibility could drop to a quarter of a mile or less.

12:35 p.m. — Roads across Connecticut are slick as plows work to keep up with the falling snow. Officials are urging drivers who don’t need to be on the roads to stay home until the storm passes and the roads are clear.

11 a.m. — All Fairfield public and parochial schools will dismiss early on Thursday, the district announced as snow fell across the area. The high schools dismissed at 11 a.m., followed by the middle schools at noon, Holland Hill at 12:05 p.m. and the Walter Fitzgerald campus at 12:25 p.m. The morning pre-school classes will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. and there are no afternoon classes. The elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. with no afternoon classes after dismissal, according to the district’s website.

10:45 a.m. — The New Canaan Library will close at noon on Thursday.

10:40 a.m. — State officials say there have been some shipping delays of the COVID-19 vaccine to Connecticut with the snow across the area. Officials said the majority of this week’s doses arrived on time earlier this week.

10:30 a.m. — North Branford police said a parking ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and will continue through the entirety of the storm.

8:50 a.m. — Greenwich Public Schools are on a remote learning day for Thursday. Students are expected to log on during their usual start time.

8:30 a.m. — Wilton Library will be closed Thursday. There will be no drive-through window service or express service appointments. Reference librarians will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. remotely to answer questions by email (reference@wiltonlibrary.org) or phone (203-762-6350).

7:50 a.m. — A parking ban will go into effect in Meriden at 10 a.m. Thursday and remains in effect well into Friday, police said. Vehicles cannot be parked on any public street. Off-street parking is available at Columbus Park, Washington Park, Ceppa Field, Jack Barry Little League Field, City Park 116 Cook Ave. and the municipal lot on East Main Street at Saint Casimer Drive.

7:17 a.m. — Norwalk Public Schools will move to a full remote learning schedule for Thursday. Students should be online for instruction at their usual school start time. All school and office staff will work from home.

6:25 a.m. — In Hartford, a parking ban goes into effect at 4 p.m. Thursday, police said.

6:10 a.m. — A widespread 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected across Connecticut by evening, with another 1 to 3 inches possible Thursday night into Friday. Much of the state will see anywhere from 4 to 8 inches. Southwestern Connecticut could see snow-covered roads, poor visibility and hazardous travel by the end of the Thursday morning commute. The Thursday evening commute, as well as Friday’s morning and evening commute, could also be impacted.

6 a.m. — In Hamden, a parking ban goes into effect at noon Thursday and remains in effect until further notice.

10 p.m. — Quinnipiac University in Hamden announced it will hold a remote learning day Thursday. In a tweet, the university said all non-residential buildings will be closed.

7 p.m. — Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo announced the city will be under a level 2 snow emergency starting Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

The declaration means Hat City residents will need to move their vehicles off the street by 10 a.m. Thursday. Free parking is available at the Patriot Parking Garage throughout the snow emergency.

“A Level 2 Snow Emergency also means that we are recommending limited travel. Please stay safe should you have to commute throughout the day. I appreciate your continued cooperation as we weather these winter storms,” Cavo said in a pre-recorded phone call to residents Wednesday night. “Thank you, stay warm and stay safe.

6:30 p.m. — Stamford has declared a snow emergency, putting a parking ban into effect along emergency snow routes. Those along alternate side parking streets will need to move their cars to one side of the street— the even numbered side on even calendar days, and odd on odd-numbered calendar days. A complete list of snow emergency routes and alternate side parking streets can be found on the city’s website.

6:11 p.m. — Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury has announced it will close two drive-through testing sites due to the storm. The Division Street test site will be closed Thursday, and the drive-through testing site at the hospital will be closed Friday.

5:15 p.m. — Bridgeport has declared a snow emergency and parking ban starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. Cars cannot be parked on snow emergency routes. On other streets, cars must be parked on the even-numbered side of the street. City residents can also park at Central High School or Bassick High School. Commercial and residential owners are also required to remove snow from their sidewalk or risk a fine.

3:45 p.m. — West Hartford will be under a parking ban beginning 7 a.m. Thursday “until further notice,” police said in a tweet.

3:30 p.m. — Bristol will be under a parking ban from 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Saturday.

10 a.m. — Wallingford will be under a parking ban from 9 a.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

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