The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Fairfield County that will be in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon.
The weather service says it expects accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow in the area during that period. But the bigger news with this storm is the wind: the region is forecast to see winds of 20 to 25 mph, with some gusts as strong as 40 mph. That wind will blow the falling snow around, limiting visibility on the roads, which could make travel hazardous.
The city of Bridgeport has also announced that a snow emergency will be in effect starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning.
During the snow emergency, residents must move their cars off posted Snow Emergency streets or be subject to fines and towing. Alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules are in effect for all other streets throughout the City in order to allow snow plow drivers’ clear passage.
To comply with the Snow Emergency Alternate-Side-of-the-Street Parking Rules, residents must move their cars to the ‘even-numbered’ side of the street by 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 2, and remain on the even-numbered side of the street until the odd-numbered side of the street has been cleared.
During the storm, residents may use the following school parking lots to move their cars off the street: Cesar Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave.; Central High School, 1 Lincoln Blvd (Madison Avenue entrance); Geraldine Johnson School, 475 Lexington Ave.; Luis Munoz Marin School, 479 Helen St., and Jettie Tisdale School, 250 Hollister Ave. A full list of Snow Emergency parking areas can be found here.
Snow Emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering. A list of snow streets can be found here. No parking is allowed on Snow Emergency streets. Vehicles left on snow emergency streets after the ban goes into effect will be subject to fines and towing.