UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.:  Gov. Dannel Malloy has issued a statewide travel ban beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE, 4 p.m.:  Wilton’s emergency management director, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Amatrudo, has sent over the latest report from Dept. of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS)/National Weather Service (NWS):

  • Snow starts between 3-5 a.m.
  • Blizzard conditions after 9 a.m. with winds gusting to 60 mph
  • Conditions expected to begin to improve by 4 p.m.; snow should end by 9 p.m.
  • Current forecast is for a total of 22″-30″ of snow

Based on all of that, Amatrudo says there will be a limited opening of Wilton’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which includes personnel from the Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Management, CERT, WVAC and other town departments. Command in the EOC will monitor road status, power outages, etc., and will have direct connection with the State EOC.

Tentative plans have been made for shelter operations and supplies and resources have been pre-positioned in case the need arises. Amatrudo says that all town emergency services are supplementing staff as they have done with other major past storms. All town departments have completed their 24/48/72-hour Storm Preparation Checklists, and have been reminded to make sure anything left outdoors is properly secured and that all flags have been taken inside, due to anticipated high winds.

Additional town closures are listed below (new closures have been updated

Monday, March 13, 1:30 p.m.–Original story:  Closure notices and warnings have started coming in to the GOOD Morning Wilton newsroom, thanks to the impending blizzard bearing down on Wilton for Tuesday, March 14. We have “Winter Storm Stella” to thank for the following:

  • Town offices are closed for all non-emergency personnel.
  • The transfer station is also closed.
  • All town meetings scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled:  Deer Committee, Tree Committee and Schenck’s Island/Merwin Meadows Committee
  • Wilton Library will be closed all day Tuesday, March 14 due to the anticipated snowstorm and treacherous travel conditions. The Library will remain open until 8 p.m. Monday, March 13. For information about Wednesday’s opening, please visit the library’s website or call 203.762.3950.
  • The Wilton Family YMCA will be closed all day, Tuesday, March 14. Check the website for updates on closings or delays before coming in on Wednesday.
  • Village Market expects to be closed Tuesday as well, unless there is a drastic change in the forecast. The store managers plan to be open normal time on Wednesday, conditions permitting.
  • Wilton Hardware will be OPEN at 8 a.m. Tuesday. As of Monday, they plan to be open all day, weather pending. They are currently out of ice melt but do have shovels, roof melt and roof rakes. They expect a truck to arrive Wednesday with ice melt and sleds.
  • All Tuesday classes at JoyRide Wilton and Hello Yoga are canceled.
  • Naked Greens will be closed Tuesday, but will resume normal hours on Wednesday.
  • Trackside Teen Center will be closed Tuesday.

Know of a closing? Send us an email at editor@goodmorningwilton.com for us to include it here.

Eversource Warns Customers to Prepare for Heavy Snow, High Winds–and Outages

With the approaching nor’easter forecasted to bring heavy snow and high winds to Connecticut Tuesday, Eversource spokespeople say the company is ready to address any storm-related power outages. The company is preparing for the possibility of tree-related damage to its electric system and will have crews and support staff ready to respond.

The company is encouraging customers also to prepare for the possibility of outages.

“We design and build our system to stand up to the effects of storms like this and our staff will be ready to address any damage the snow and winds might cause,” says Mike Hayhurst, vice president of electric system operations at Eversource. “We’re confident our ongoing system improvements and tree maintenance program, combined with our strategic emergency response plan, will enable us to safely and efficiently handle any issues that may arise.”

To further improve customer communications during storms, Eversource recently rolled out a new enhancement that ensures customers can personalize how they receive important outage information and updates by selecting their preferred method of contact. Customers can sign up for outage alerts online or on the homepage of the Eversource website.

Eversource always encourages customers to prepare for any severe weather by assembling or restocking a storm kit with essential items before a storm strikes. Stock up on water, non-perishable food and pet food, and make sure to have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions for each family member and any pets. The company also suggests customers keep all wireless communication devices fully-charged in case of a power outage.

Eversource customers should report power outages online or by calling Eversource at 800.286.2000.

Additional preparedness tips can be found at the Storm Preparedness section at Eversource.com. The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of Eversource’s partners in emergency preparedness, also provides helpful information and resources.