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Blizzard May Be Over In Fairfield County, But The Snow Plowing Goes On

Scott Clifford, who operates a local plowing business, spent some time Wednesday morning shoveling in Brookfield by Peachwave, which is owned by his family.
Scott Clifford, who operates a local plowing business, spent some time Wednesday morning shoveling in Brookfield by Peachwave, which is owned by his family. Photo Credit: contributed
Scott Clifford's truck, which he uses to plow snow for his customers.
Scott Clifford's truck, which he uses to plow snow for his customers. Photo Credit: contributed
There is still a lot of cleanup to do from Tuesday's blizzard.
There is still a lot of cleanup to do from Tuesday's blizzard. Photo Credit: contributed
Outside of Peachwave in Brookfield
Outside of Peachwave in Brookfield Photo Credit: contributed
Scott Clifford of Danbury plows the area outside of Peachwave in Brookfield, which is owned by his family.
Scott Clifford of Danbury plows the area outside of Peachwave in Brookfield, which is owned by his family. Photo Credit: contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The heavy snow stopped falling Tuesday evening, but Danbury resident Scott Clifford was still out plowing the snow on Wednesday morning.

Clifford, who operates a local snow-plowing business, was shoveling out the Peachwave in Brookfield, which is owned by his family.

It will take a long time to clean up from Tuesday's blizzard -- which dumped 7 to 20 inches of snow across Fairfield County.

"We put down salt [Tuesday] night and got two hours of sleep, and got back out this morning," he said between cleanup jobs. "We are waiting for the sun to work with the salt to melt the hard-pack layer on top of the asphalt. Then we have to go back and scrape all the slush off the parking lot so they will be finally done."

Clifford's company has plowing jobs in Brookfield, Bethel, Redding and Danbury.

Plowing snow is a never-ending job.

"As long as there is water in the parking lot, it will freeze again at night," he said. "We have five or six condo complexes to do. We have to be vigilant and check on them when they're wet because you don’t know when they're going to be a sheet of ice."

Any snow and slush left on roads and sidewalks will remain frozen Wednesday, as temperatures struggle to reach the mid-20s by the afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

As a result, untreated surfaces will be very slippery, and extra caution should be used while out and about Wednesday.

In addition, west winds will gust to 30 to 40 mph Wednesday, making it feel even colder and possibly bringing down branches and power lines weighed down with ice.

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