Winter Storm Information from First Selectman’s Office

A northeaster is forecasted to impact Greenwich beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, continuing through Sunday, Jan. 24. The storm is expected to bring snow, possible high winds, and the potential for coastal flooding. As of Friday morning, the National Weather Service has placed our region under a Winter Storm Watch and is predicting 4 or more inches of snow across southern CT.

Wind speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour with higher gusts are possible,highest at the coast.

There is potential for widespread minor to locally moderate tidal flooding around times of high tide Saturday morning. A Coastal Flood Advisory has been posted for January 23 at 10:00am to 2:00 pm, with a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for January 23 from 9:00 pm to 1:00am.

Given the forecast uncertainty, we encourage you to monitor weather through media outlets and visit our Town of Greenwich website for further updates.

We also recommend residents monitor regional and local weather agencies for updates regarding coastal flood watch status. Residents in low lying coastal areas should take action to protect their property.

The Town of Greenwich is requesting that motorists remain off the local roads for at least eight hours after the snow fall ends in order to allow crews to safely clear the roads.

We encourage residents who have cars parked on designated snow emergency routes to proactively relocate their cars in the event a snow emergency is declared. Off-street municipally owned parking lots can be used for parking vehicles displaced from Snow Emergency routes.

We encourage everyone to enjoy a weekend at home, and to drive very carefully and be wary of road conditions if venturing out.

Use caution when shoveling heavy snow to avoid injury.

Plow Routes: The Town of Greenwich maintains 265.3 miles of public accepted roadways, 33 municipal and commuter parking lots and 14 Board of Education School facilities. Main, collector roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Other roads follow as part of 26 individual routes.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way, to the driver’s right, and when going by they will push the snow in front of a driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his driveway. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until DPW crews have done their final clean up on the street.

Sidewalks: In accordance with Town ordinance, Greenwich property owners are responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice. Heavily used sidewalks near schools and along state highways are particularly important.

Mailbox Damage: The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow.  Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal, including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside and should be located in such a way as to minimize damage.

More Dept. of Public Works Highway Division snow removal information and winter weather tips can be found here.

Residents needing assistance may contact the Town of Greenwich non-emergency phone number at Public Safety Dispatch (203) 622-8003. Call 911 if it is an emergency.

See also:Greenwich Police Issue Detailed Storm Prep Info: Fallen Trees, Power Outages, Driving