The next few days should be nice ones in southwestern Connecticut but there may be another round of stormy weather on their heels.
Though Saturday’s high temperature of 44 degrees could be soured by snow and rain – the National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of precipitation – the skies over the area should be clear Sunday through Tuesday.
But soon after there could be another storm passing through to quell hopes of an early spring.
A hazardous weather outlook issued Friday by NWS warns that by Wednesday or Thursday a storm currently over the north Pacific Ocean could bring heavy precipitation and strong winds to the east coast.
With the storm still five or six days away, forecasts are not too detailed and NWS has not yet made a call on just how much snow to expect in southwestern Connecticut.
Southwestern Connecticut could see some flooding about midday Wednesday but it should be relatively minor.
The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood advisory late Tuesday for areas along western Long Island Sound, including southern Fairfield and New Haven counties.
The advisory, which will go into effect Wednesday at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m., warns that tides may rise two to three feet higher than normal as a storm passes through the area.
The chance of precipitation is set at 90 percent and winds between 16 to 21 mph with gusts as high as 31 mph are expected in Bridgeport.
The most vulnerable shore roads and basements will be at risk of flooding due to the height of the storm tide as well as wave splash-over due in part to breaking waves of two to four feet, according to the advisory.
Most roads will be passable though there is a chance of isolated closures. Any impact on property is expected to be minimal, according to the advisory.
High tide will occur in Bridgeport, Stamford and New Haven between 12:05 and 12:10 p.m. The flood category for all three cities is listed as minor.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission put out a release saying that it’s open not just to area homeless but also to neighbors who need a safe place to stay following the blizzard.
However, the shelter remains open to serve the community, said Executive Director Terry Wilcox in the release. “We’re continuing to prepare and provide three meals a day from the dining room at our main campus at 1088 Fairfield Avenue for anyone who can get here,” he said.
Because many roads are still impassable, the Mission isn’t able to deploy its Mobile Kitchen to the usual feeding sites, but it will begin operating as soon as roads are safe for volunteers to travel.
The Mission’s homeless guests are usually required to leave the building after breakfast because the shelter doesn’t have facilities for a day room; however, during severe weather those staying in men’s shelter can stay in the chapel and guests in the women’s shelter are welcome to stay in the living room.
Anyone requiring assistance is urged to contact the Mission at (203) 333-4087.
Though St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport reopened its urgent care walk-in center in Monroe earlier today, many of its other facilities will remain closed until further notice.
All of the hospital’s outpatient areas and services will be closed tomorrow, with the exception of its Radiation Oncology Department and Ambulatory Infusion Center, due to storm-related issues. The outpatient services that will be closed include all imaging in the Radiology Department, all elective surgery, and St. Vincent’s Family Health Center.
St. Vincent’s College will be closed.
The offices for Hall-Brooke Community Residential Services and St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health “The Center” Outpatient facility in Bridgeport are also closed tomorrow.
Staff should check with Hall Brooke supervisors in the morning regarding the accessibility and opening of Lois Street in Norwalk and the Fairfield facility.
Also, The St.Vincent’s Special Needs Program at the Feroleto Center in Trumbull and the Adult Day programs in Norwalk and Stratford–B-3 and Family Center will also be closed tomorrow.
St. Vincent’s Urgent Care Walk-in Center in Monroe will be open, and more information will be forthcoming regarding the walk-ins located in Bridgeport, Fairfield and Shelton, and St. Vincent’s Wound Healing Center in Trumbull. Anyone with an immediate health issues should proceed to the emergency department of St. Vincent’s, which wil remain open.
For more information regarding rescheduling of appointments, patients are asked to call the appropriate department or the main line at 203-576-6000.
St. Vincent’s staff should call the main line and ask for Nursing Service or visit the website for more information on rides or carpooling.
This just in from Doug Holcomb, general manager of Greater Bridgeport Transit Services:
“Because of the continuing clean-up effort following the storm and the condition of many of the roads in the region, all Greater Bridgeport Transit Services in the Bridgeport Region are canceled for Monday, February 11th. Riders can visit www.gogbt.com for updates and information regarding the return to normal service.”