Greenwich Schools Closed Friday, Town Hall to Open at 10:00am Due to Snow Storm

Greenwich Schools

Due to the pending weather forecast and potentially hazardous road conditions, Greenwich Public Schools will be CLOSED on, January 7, 2022. In an email to families superintendent Dr. Toni Jones noted as a reminder, there is no flexibility this year to have a district remote day for instruction.

Holly Hill

The dump will have a delayed opening on Friday. Environmental Operations Manager Patrick Collins sent word around 6:30am that there was significant clean up to do after the snow storm and he expects the dump to open closer to noon. Stay tuned…

Town Hall

From First Selectman Fred Camillo:

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, effective at midnight, Thursday, January 6, and continuing until noon on, Friday, January 7.  

According to the National Weather Service, four to six inches of snow are forecast and expected to create hazardous road conditions for the Friday morning commute. Please give yourself extra time to travel. The storm is expected to clear out by mid-day.

In the interest of public safety and the safety of our employees, Town Hall and all Town facilities will open at 10:00 on Friday, January 7.

In response to the expected snowfall, Dept of Public Works staff is preparing all equipment and is pre-treating and anti-icing roads. To help with snow removal efforts, I ask residents who are able to, to park their vehicles in driveways.

By Town ordinance, Greenwich property owners are required to be responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice. Restaurant operators also are responsible for cleaning the sidewalk along the front of their respective business.  

The Town of Greenwich prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow into the street, the private plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.

I encourage residents that when they are out shoveling snow from their driveways and sidewalks, to take a few extra minutes to clear nearby fire hydrants. Clearing a three-foot radius around the hydrant will help save precious time in battling a fire.

State Buildings

On Thursday evening, Governor Lamont ordered all executive branch state office buildings closed to the public on Friday, January 7, 2022, due to the winter storm conditions that are anticipated to impact Connecticut.

“This appears to be a significant winter storm that is about to impact our state, with snowfall anticipated to reach rates of more than one inch per hour causing whiteout conditions and happening right at the height of the morning rush hour,” Governor Lamont said in a release.

“We are directing that all Level 2 state employees who have been physically reporting to their office buildings to stay home on Friday out of an abundance of caution,” he said, adding that all Level 2 state employees who have been working remotely during the recent Covid-19 surge should continue to do so.

“I strongly encourage everyone in Connecticut to stay off the roads on Friday morning unless absolutely necessary, particularly during the height of the storm so that Dept of Transportation crews can clear the roads and keep everyone safe.”

The Governor is directing that:

  1. Level 2 state employees who are able to telework shall telework for the duration of the storm-related closures; and
  2. Level 2 state employees whose job duties cannot be performed via telework should not report to work in-person.

Level 2 state employees include all of those who were previously designated as “nonessential” based on their respective job duties, and Level 1 are those who were previously designated as “essential.” The terminology used for these classifications was modified through an executive order issued in 2018.