NORWALK, Conn. – The morning's snowfall didn't stop Norwalk's intrepid shopkeepers and employees.
"There's a few of us who braved coming in today," said Mark Yamnicky, who had a customer in his chair at the Rowayton Barber Shop at 10 a.m.
More than two inches of snow had fallen and few people were on the street. Sam Munshi was at work at Rowayton Hardware, although there didn't seem to be much purpose to it. "It's dead so far," he said, before a customer came in to quickly buy a bag of salt and leave. Aracelis Gonzalez of Bridgeport and Norwalker Claudia Carbonara were at work at Rowayton Bank, where they had had one customer.
"She came in for coffee," Gonzalez laughed.
"She made a deposit and had a cup of coffee," Carbonara said.
Yamnicky had better luck. "It was time," John Deregt said of his trek to get a haircut on a snowy Saturday morning. Another man came in to sit and wait his turn. Both said they had important business meetings this week and needed to be ready.
Yamnicky reported that the weather forecast was good. "They really are sticking to the four to six. This is going to stop," he said. "The front is pushing down on the southern part of Connecticut and then we'll be out."
He was right. The snow in Norwalk stopped at 3 p.m. Weather Underground reports 5 ½ inches fell.
Although roads were slippery in the morning, Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris King said it wasn't as bad as it could have been. "It's pretty slow, all things considered," he said. "We've only had two accidents. One was on the highway — it was actually in Westport and they handled it. We just had one on the Route 7 connector. All in all we've been pretty quiet today."
Road conditions were "improving quickly" at 4 p.m., he said. A Norwalk Police Department dispatcher said there had been a few minor accidents, people hitting parked cars.
Gonzalez said getting to work was not easy. "My car is not that great in the snow," she said. "I left at 8, the roads were not plowed in Bridgeport. They weren't plowed here either."
Another Bridgeport resident made it in Saturday morning for an entirely different work experience. George Dowry trudged through the snow in East Norwalk, delivering mail. "It just started kicking up right now," he said a little after noon.
His commute was not affected by snowplows. "It wasn't too bad," he said. "I took the train down here."