NWS: Another nor’easter could bring foot of snow
By Jim ShayUpdated
BRIDGEPORT — Residents were bracing for another nor’easter this week even as they were cleaning up from last weekend’s killer storm that left hundreds of thousands without power across the country.
The next winter blast in the Northeast U.S. is expected to strike late Tuesday afternoon, with a winter storm watch in place for much of the Northeast from Pennsylvania to Maine, including New York City, Hartford and Boston, according to the National Weather Service.
Snowfall of five to nine inches is forecast for some places, with up to a foot in isolated areas.
Last weekend’s storm was responsible for at least one death in Connecticut and eight in neighboring states as high winds toppled trees onto roads and power lines.
The nor'easter also continued to cause travel delays and power outages into this week, and resulted in some of the worst damage since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The storm knocked out Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and New York before it was restored Saturday morning. Other train lines were similarly affected.
As of early evening Monday, about 500 homes in the Danbury area were still without power, among them the neighborhoods along Long Ridge and Birch roads and Hakim Street, said Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross.
Close to 100 customers in Ridgefield, 60 in New Fairfield, almost 60 in New Milford, nearly 50 in Sherman and close to 40 in Bethel did not have power by 4 p.m. Monday. Dozens of customers in Redding, Brookfield, Newtown and other nearby towns were also without power.
Gross said Eversource hoped to restore power by 11 p.m. Monday.
At the height of the storm, the Stamford mayor’s office said as many as 76 roads in Stamford were closed. Those roads have since been cleared and are considered “passable,” according to Ted Jankowski, Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare.
Jankowski said the city’s 911 center fielded more than 1,100 calls reporting weather-related incidents over the weekend, including 14 motor vehicle wrecks, one water rescue, three structural collapses, 11 arching wires on fire and 44 calls for civilian assists.
The storm also brought down approximately 65 trees throughout the city and downed power lines, leaving thousands in Fairfield County without power.
As of 3:45 p.m. Monday, an estimated 900 Greenwich residents and a few hundred Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Norwalk residents were still without power.
Crews in Greenwich worked Monday morning to clear trees and get power lines back up and running but many roads remained blocked or closed.
The Greenwich Parks and Trees Division said it responded to more than 140 calls this weekend.
Connecticut remains under a winter storm watch through mid-week.
“Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Significant reductions in visibility are possible,” the NWS said.
As is always the case with these type of storms, the track of the low pressure system will decide how much snow, rain, or mixed precipitation will fall.
If the storm comes closer to the coast, bringing in warmer temperatures, the shoreline would likely see a rain/snow mix.
A further south and east movement would yield a little less precipitation, but colder, with all the precipitation being snow.
Tides are expected to be one to two feet higher with changes of flooding.