The National Weather Service has upgraded its alert for our area from a blizzard watch to a warning, saying a ‘crippling and potentially historic blizzard’ will impact the area. The warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight EST Tuesday night.

According to the warning, it is likely we will see snow accumulation of 20-30 inches, and possible higher (see the NWS Totals map, below). Winds will be heavy with gusts up to 50 mph, and temperatures will be in the mid-teens to mid-20s.

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The NWS forecasts have been increasing gradually throughout Sunday, so totals may be even higher than what’s been predicted now. Officials across the tri-state area have been using terms like ‘historic,’ ‘monster,’ and ‘largest snowstorm in the history of the city’ (that last from NYC mayor Bill de Blasio).

The most recent warning calls for light snow beginning Monday morning, with accumulations of 1-3 inches possible by the evening rush hour. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening, with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.

An updated list of local closures can be found here. Wilton first selectman Bill Brennan announced the town’s emergency and preparedness information, which can be found here. Among the notifications and cancellations thus far, as of Monday morning, Jan. 26:

  • Wilton Public Schools have issued an early dismissal for Monday, Jan. 26. Middlebrook and Wilton High School dismiss at 10:30 a.m.; Cider Mill dismisses at 11:30 a.m.; and Miller-Driscoll dismisses at 12:30 p.m.
  • As of Sunday evening, CT Gov. Dan Malloy is ordering the state Emergency Operations Center to open at 4 p.m. on Monday.
  • Commuters may find Monday night rush hour much more difficult:  NY Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted a statement Sunday night that NY-area roads and transit may close early, including Metro-North:  “Roads incl. NYS Thruway, I-84, LIE and , , and may be closed ahead of Monday’s evening commute due to storm. To clarify, storm is expected to intensify ahead of commute with as much as 4 inches of snow/hour at height of storm.
  • The Parent Advisory Board has canceled the “ABCs of IEPs” presentation scheduled for Tuesday evening. This seminar will be rescheduled.
  • CL&P customers can report power outages by calling 1-800-286-2000 or by visiting the mobile website m.cl-p.com. For tips and updates from CL&P, follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ctlightandpower.

Wilton Hardware is fully stocked, including shovels, salt and ice melt, and of course, sleds. They’re open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday. Wilton Library has ample reading materials and media available, not only in books and DVDs, but also digitally. Check out their website for more information on how to borrow media electronically, right from home.

GOOD Morning Wilton will continue to make updates as they are available.