STAMFORD, Conn. – As a powerful nor'easter continued to slam Stamford on Saturday evening, a snow emergency remained in effect for the city, according to Mayor David Martin.
Residents must keep snow emergency routes clear of parked cars throughout the night until the snow emergency is lifted, he said.
“We are continuing to monitor and respond to the effects of this winter storm,” said Martin. “For safety, I urge residents to continue to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. This will also allow our operations crews to continue to clear the roads without delay.”
The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated since early Saturday and continued to track and monitor the blizzard, which had dropped at least 15 inches of snow on Stamford by Saturday evening.
A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.
"This warning means severe winter weather conditions will continue into the morning. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will continue," Martin said. "This will lead to whiteout conditions at times, and travel will continue to be extremely dangerous. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary."
Gov. Dannel Malloy also urged drivers to stay off roads but stopped short of closing the state's roadways. Metro-North shut down trains as of 4 p.m. Saturday, with no announcement of when service would be restored. In neighboring New York State, Gov. Mario Cuomo declared a snow emergency and closed highways and roadways at the Connecticut border.
In Stamford, operations crews, made up of 81 staffers from highways, facilities, parks and other city departments, were responding to the storm by plowing, clearing and spreading material on roads, he said.
If you live near a fire hydrant, please clear it to help fire crews in the event of an emergency.
Snow removal is required within 12 hours after a snowfall or by 10 a.m. the next day. Any person in violation can be fined $90.
For more information, visit the city's website at www.stamfordct.gov or call the city of Stamford’s Emergency Hotline at 203-977-8840.
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