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Police: No major accidents

Updated 2:23 pm, Friday, January 3, 2014

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  • A plow drives down Post Road in Darien following Friday's storm. Darien received the most snow in Fairfield County - 9.5 inches - according to the National Weather Service. Staff Photo / Nelson Oliveira Friday, Jan. 3, 2013 Photo: Contributed Photo / Darien News
    A plow drives down Post Road in Darien following Friday's storm. Darien received the most snow in Fairfield County - 9.5 inches - according to the National Weather Service. Staff Photo / Nelson Oliveira Friday, Jan. 3, 2013 Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A winter storm warning remains in effect across Fairfield County until 1 p.m. Friday.

The Darien Public Schools and senior center are closed today. Town Hall opened late, and will remain open until 4:30 p.m. The Darien Library is also opened today despite a delayed opening. National Weather Service snowfall tallies for Fairfield County put Darien on top with 9.5 inches of snow this morning.

New Canaan woke up to about 6 inches, according to NWS, while Stamford had 7.5 and Norwalk had 6 inches.

Only two motor vehicle accidents were reported in Darien since the snow started to fall around 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. One minor accident occurred at 11 Cliff Ave., according to Capt. Don Anderson, who suspected residents stayed indoors and off the roads. The other accident was a minor "fender bender" in parking lot with a plow truck, Anderson said.

Most people headed state police advice to stay off the roads. Major highways like I-95, I-84, I-91 and the parkways saw light traffic and slippery conditions. State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said troopers responded to 224 accidents, 25 with injuries and more than 2,700 calls for service across the state as of 11:40 a.m.

The state Department of Transportation has 632 trucks on major roads. The bitter cold temperatures are causing some problems with treating the roads.

AAA reports it has received about 1,110 calls from motorists, many with dead car batteries.

The storm delivered yet another blow to Metro-North commuters. Only 60 percent of Metro-North trains are running today and operating on a Saturday schedule. Many of the trains that were running were often late.

A winter storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. Police suggest that is travel is necessary that drivers should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency.