UPDATE, 6 p.m. — Wilton Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 7. Superintendent Kevin Smith notified GMW of his decision Thursday evening to close schools due to the impending snow.
ORIGINAL STORY, 4:21 p.m.—The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, in effect from midnight tonight through noon on Friday, Jan. 7.
Snow is expected to fall with total accumulations of 3-5 inches in southern CT and southeast NY. Residents should plan on slippery road conditions that will impact the morning commute. Snowfall rates could reach or exceed one inch per hour in any heavy snow bands.
The detailed forecast for Thursday night into Friday calls for snow, mainly after 1 a.m., with a low around 26 degrees and a calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 90%, with a total nighttime snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.
Snow will continue of Friday morning, mainly before 10 a.m., and temperatures will reach a high near 33 degrees along with wind chill values between 15-25 degrees. A northwest wind from 6-14 mph may have gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%, with a new snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.
Wilton Police Chief/Emergency Management Director John Lynch said the town will be watching how the storm track will move, which can mean more or less snow. They’re usually more concerned with frigid temperatures and winds, which cause other issues such as power outages and road closures, but he said none of that is expected here.
With the brunt of the snowfall likely to impact the morning roads, Lynch is asking residents to be cautious and not venture out if they don’t have to.
“The key will be what the conditions are for the morning commute and school traffic, including busses. We ask that if residents must go out to be aware of slick conditions and drive slowly. The plows do a fantastic job, especially with little or no traffic. Please give the plow trucks space and the ability to clear and sand roads safely. Be patient and give yourself extra time,” he said.
Lynch added that police will be actively monitoring the roadways and prepared to respond to calls. He also will be communicating with the schools via Superintendent Kevin Smith in the morning.
To receive information and emergency communication from the town, Wilton residents can sign up for e-alerts from town officials through the town website.