STAMFORD, Conn. - With an approaching storm, Mayor David Martin has declared that a snow emergency will begin starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday and remain in place until conditions improve.
The declaration means that as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, all vehicles parked on emergency snow routes -- roads clearly marked with red and white signs -- must be moved, Martin said. Vehicles that remain will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
For a complete list of designated snow routes, residents can visit StamfordCT.gov. Critical information will be linked from the city’s homepage and posted on the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Residents can also call 203-977-4140 for more information.
Vehicles that need to be removed from designated snow routes can park in one of three city garages free of charge until 24 hours after the snow emergency has been rescinded. City garages will be free to residents beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Residents living on a snow emergency route may also park on neighboring streets where parking is not prohibited.
Reminders for residents:
- City ordinances mandate the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks in front of homes and businesses within 12 hours of the end of snowfall or freezing rain or before 10 a.m. of the next day if it ends overnight so that sidewalks are safe for public travel.
- For safety, snow and ice removals is mandated for passenger cars, trucks and commercial vehicles because of the dangers of ice missiles.
- City ordinance restricts private citizens from plowing snow off private property and into city streets or rights of way.
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.