NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling has declared a snow emergency effective at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Residents are asked to remove their cars from on-street parking and open-air municipal lots by 4 p.m. Thursday to allow plows to pass through. The city will offer free parking after 4 p.m. at the Maritime Garage (11 N. Water St.) and the Yankee Doodle Garage (3 Burnell Blvd.), the Norwalk Police said on their Facebook page Thursday.
The city still plans to carry out Friday’s garbage pickup as normal, but that is subject to change as the snow continues.
The Department of Public Works has identified certain streets where parked cars are especially problematic for snow plows. A list of those streets is attached at the end of this story.
Norwalk is offering the Community Room at the Police Department as a warming center for anyone who may lose power during the storm, Rilling also announced. If conditions become severe, the city will open an additional emergency center at Brien McMahon High School, according to City Clerk Donna I. King.
Norwalk schools have canceled all after-school and extracurricular activities for Thursday, including all meetings and events scheduled in the Norwalk schools.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Friday for all of Connecticut, with snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches possible. The wind-chill factor will drop to about 15 degrees below zero to 5 degrees above zero late Thursday night, with drifting and blowing snow expected. Winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 35 mph possible.