UPDATE: Severe Weather Alert Issued; Winter Storm Closures and Cancellations
UPDATE, Friday, Nov. 16, 6:45 a.m.–Wilton Police say, “Roads are slick and there are several areas of unoccupied vehicles left on or near the road due to yesterday’s weather. We are working on removing those vehicles from the road. Please drive slow and use caution if you must travel.”
Also, the Wilton Family YMCA is open but due to the delayed Wilton School openings all program classes and group fitness classes before noon are canceled (including classes held at the gymnastics center). Nursery School and morning Creative 2’s begin at 10:30 a.m.. Babysitting will open at 10:30 a.m. unless staff can get in earlier. A decision on all afternoon programs and classes will be made by 11:30 a.m.. Please check the website for updates before coming in.
UPDATE, Friday, Nov. 16, 5 a.m.–Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 a.m. EST this morning, Winter Storm Warning is now cancelled.
Lingering freezing rain and snow showers. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch are possible, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Periods of snow can cause travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
UPDATE, Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:10 p.m.–More than 5-inches of snow has fallen at GOOD Morning Wilton offices in Central Wilton, and we are hearing multiple reports of awful driving conditions and cars stuck on roadways. Wilton Police have not closed any roads as of now, but we’ve heard Wolfpit and Ridgefield Rds. are a mess with cars stuck and accidents in other locations around Wilton.
Wilton did have trucks and plows out on the road since before 3 p.m., according to town officials, treating roads with a mix of sand and salt. Even still, the heavy, swift snowfall has made driving dangerous and awful.
If you don’t need to drive, don’t.
UPDATE, Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.–The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Weather Alert for the Wilton area.
Wintry weather will continue this evening across the entire tri-state area. Snowfall rates of up to 2-3 inches per hour will be
possible during this time over portions of northeastern Long Island and all areas north of New York City with the visibility
reduced below a quarter of a mile.
For the rest of Long Island, New York City and adjacent areas of Northeast New Jersey, snowfall rates will be lighter with sleet eventually mixing in. A changeover to rain is expected across the south shore of Long Island, and possibly along the shorelines of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Regardless of the precipitation type, temperatures are hovering around freezing or below, so road conditions will be hazardous. Additional impacts include downed tree limbs from heavy wet snow, and wind gusts will be increasing to 35-45 mph which may contribute further to this.
UPDATE, Thursday, Nov. 15, 4:15 p.m.–Wilton Library is closing at 5 p.m., and will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday morning, Nov. 16.
Eversource Outage Map
Eversource has a new outage map with more details and features–which hopefully we won’t need to use with this current snowfall. For an introduction and tutorial, watch this video:
Thursday, Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m.–The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 4 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 16. According to the NWS alert, we’ll see heavy snow and then mixed precipitation, with total snow accumulations of 4-7 inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch expected. Snowfall rates of 1-2
inches per hour are possible, and wind gusts may reach as high as 40 mph.
It doesn’t bode well for the evening commute: “Travel will be very difficult. The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute.”
Here are weather-related Wilton closures and changes that we’ve heard about:
Wilton Public Schools
School dismissal on Thursday:
- Miller Driscoll – 1:15 p.m. (conference day)
- Cider Mill – 11:55 p.m. (conference day)
- Middlebrook – 12:30 p.m. (conference day)
- Wilton High School – 2:50 p.m. (regular day)
All Pre-K-8 parent-teacher conferences scheduled to end after 3 p.m. will be rescheduled. All after-school and evening activities are cancelled. The High School Math Night will be rescheduled.
The Miller Driscoll Book Fair is open Thursday until 3 p.m.; The Family Fun Book Fair and PTA Meeting have been rescheduled toFriday, Nov. 16 (note the change in time for both events): Family Fun Night is 5-7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room; the PTA Meeting is 6-6:30 p.m. in the Small Gym (kids are welcome, and crafts and activities will be available for kids to enjoy).
A decision about Friday’s school schedule will be communicated to families by 5 a.m. Friday.
The Wilton Library is canceling afternoon and evening programs, including the following:
- Red Cross Babysitting, 2 pm
- Around the World, 4 pm
- TAP Robotics, 4 pm
- National Alzheimer’s Awareness Panel and Author Talk, 7 pm (to be rescheduled)
Wilton Family YMCA
The Wilton Family YMCA is cancelling all program classes after 3 p.m. (including Wilton Y Wahoos swim team and gymnastics team practices). Group fitness classes will run, however.
We’ll update with more news as we hear…