DARIEN — Darien, like the rest of Fairfield County and much of the East Coast, has begun preparations for the “bomb cyclone” that could dump several inches of snow, bring heavy winds and icy cold to coastal Connecticut on Thursday.

According to Director of Public Works Edward Gentile, the town has begun checking vehicles and equipment and inspecting railroad lots to make sure there is room for snow.

“We have been and will continue to watch the forecast to assist in our approach to the storm. We will also be watching the radar as the storm passes through,” Gentile said.

Town Hall and and Darien Public Schools will be closed Jan. 4.

“We are preparing as we always do for winter storms,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said. “The only thing unusual about this one is the extreme cold and possibility of wind. Residents should be extremely careful if they need to go out and clear snow. The good news is that the storm has been well publicized in the media so hopefully people are prepared. Our Human Service Department routinely reaches out to our more vulnerable residents to make sure they are ok. We are always ready to assist anyone who needs help.”

For all of Fairfield County, the National Weather Service says, “total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are likely, with higher amounts in excess of 6 inches possible.”

A winter storm watch is is in effect for Fairfield County from 1 a.m. Thursday to midnight Friday for southwest Connecticut.

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