NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling has declared a snow emergency in the city, effective at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Residents are asked to remove their cars from on-street parking and open-air municipal lots to allow plows to pass through. The city will offer free parking at town-run parking garages: the Maritime Garage at 11 N. Water St. and the Yankee Doodle Garage at 3 Burnell Blvd.
In particular, the city’s Department of Public Works has published a list of streets that are more difficult to plow than others. Residents of those streets are asked to keep their cars off the roads as soon as possible. The full list is available on the city website.
“With very cold temperatures and possible power outages, please check on the welfare of elderly relatives and neighbors and bring pets inside to protect them from the cold and snow,” Rilling said via a CodeRed message Wednesday. “Before driving make sure your vehicle is clear of snow and ice for your safety and the safety of others on the road.”
The police department also reminded residents to shovel sidewalks, with 6 to 14 inches of snow expected to fall across the state Thursday. The fine for not shoveling can be $250 per day.
Residents can call the Norwalk Customer Service line at 203-854-3200 for service requests or complaints.
A Winter Storm Warning begins at midnight and lasts until Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 a.m. The major nor’easter should arrive in earnest in the area at about 3 a.m. Thursday. The snow could be heavy at times Thursday morning and produce strong, gusty winds.
The current projection for snowfall accumulation is for 10 to 14 inches in most of Fairfield County, with less along the immediate shoreline. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s, with northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.
The heavy, wet snow combined with gusting winds could cause trees and power lines to fall. Travel conditions will be treacherous with the significant snowfall.
Periods of snow should continue until around the early morning hours of Friday.