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How Did The Blizzard Stack Up In Ridgefield?

Stratford calls in the heavy equipment to help with snow-removal during Tuesday's blizzard — or was it just a snowstorm?
Stratford calls in the heavy equipment to help with snow-removal during Tuesday's blizzard — or was it just a snowstorm? Photo Credit: Stratford Mayor John Harkins / Facebook
Residents of Bridgeport's Black Rock neighborhood tried to get ahead of the snow by shoveling a little Tuesday morning.
Residents of Bridgeport's Black Rock neighborhood tried to get ahead of the snow by shoveling a little Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — It was billed as a blizzard, expected to drop up to 2 feet of snow across Fairfield County on Tuesday. In the end, while it was certainly the worst storm of the season, it came up short in the snowfall totals.

And it was still causing problems early Wednesday. Residual snow and slush was refreezing overnight, resulting in hazardous conditions on roads and walkways, the National Weather Service said. Residents were urged to use extra caution when venturing out.

But the daylong snowstorm Tuesday was a mixed bag. Schools and workplaces were closed. The state issued a travel ban on highways and Metro-North suspended service.

Related story: Kids ride out the blizzard inside and outside.

The National Weather Service had placed all of Fairfield County under a Blizzard Warning as the storm began before dawn Tuesday. But the NWS quickly downgraded that to a Winter Storm Warning along the shoreline of Fairfield County.

The accumulation impressive in the northern part of Fairfield County, where the snow shifted from small and icy to big and flaky as strong winds blew. But the storm petered out some along the coast, where it turned to ice pellets with some rain.

Related story: Market serves up scrumptious snacks — storm or not.

And it was still a lot to shovel.

The following snowfall totals were compiled Tuesday evening by the National Weather Service:

  • New Fairfield: 20.4 inches
  • Monroe: 16.0 inches
  • Newtown; 12.5 inches
  • New Canaan: 11.6 inches
  • Weston: 11.2 inches
  • Shelton: 10 inches
  • Greenwich: 10 inches
  • Bridgeport Airport: 7.1 inches of snow
  • Bridgeport Airport: 1.52 inches of rain
The gusting winds lived up to the billing of a blizzard. Here are some gusts recorded Tuesday:
  • Stamford: 52 mph
  • Bridgeport Airport: 46 mph
  • Fairfield: 42 mph
  • Stamford: 41 mph

Some snow showers were to continue overnight.

Related story: Tractor-trailer jackknifes on I-95 despite travel ban.

Wednesday will see some scattered snow showers, mainly after 11 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values will be between 5 and 15. It will be blustery, with a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

On Connecticut's highways, state troopers from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday responded to 40 no-injury and one minor injury crash, 176 motorist assists and 908 calls for service.

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