A Blizzard Warning has been issued for the entire state of Connecticut as a large storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the south heads up the eastern coast. 12 to 18 inches or more of snow is forecasted by the time the storm ends Monday afternoon. In addition, the storm’s winds will be blowing and drifting snow causing near whiteout conditions and zero visibility.
This winter’s first storm of the season has been named Adrianne.
The National Weather Service originally issued a Blizzard Warning for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties through 6 p.m. Monday and a Winter Storm Warning for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties, but as of 1:30 this afternoon the NWS issued the Blizzard Warning across the entire state until 6 p.m. Monday. In addition, a Coastal Flood Watch for Fairfield County and a Coastal Flood Advisory for lower New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties have been issued.
According the NWS, a Blizzard Warning is issued when “sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times.”
Many towns have issued parking bans and local events have been canceled and postponed.
Many flights to and from Bradley International Airport have been canceled. If you have travel plans, you should call the airline first to check your flight.
Governor M. Jodi Rell ordered the state’s Emergency Operations Center to open Sunday to monitor conditions. “This storm’s high winds and significant snowfall will pack quite a punch, and we will continue monitoring its path closely,” Rell said. All of the state’s 632 plows, along with subcontractors, will be out clearing the roads. She asks that people stay home and off the roads if at all possible to allow the roads to be cleared.