Stamford’s acting mayor declares snow emergency as winter storm barrels toward CT

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STAMFORD — Acting Mayor Jeff Curtis put the city under a snow emergency in preparation for a storm expected to dump as much as a foot of snow on the area by Saturday afternoon.

“Heavy snow is predicted to make overnight Friday and Saturday travel hazardous and I encourage all residents to stay home to allow road crews to clear the streets,” Curtis said. “High winds may lead to downed trees and wires and residents should be prepared, charge cellphones, and make sure you have a plan if the power goes out.”

Curtis, president of the Board of Representatives, is in charge of the city while Mayor Caroline Simmons is out on maternity leave.

Shorty after noon on Friday, Curtis declared the snow emergency in order “to give residents time to prepare and get their cars off the streets.”

Under the snow emergency designation, cars must be kept off snow emergency routes, which are marked by red and white signs. Cars that remain parked on those streets will be towed.

A list of the streets is available on the city’s website.

Parking garages will allow drivers to park for free through 6 p.m. Sunday.

If there is more than 2 inches of snow accumulation, which appears likely, special alternate side parking rules will go into effect meaning on certain streets, parking is only allowed on one side to allow for adequate maneuvering space for snow removal equipment on narrow roadways

The city also announced that the Saturday vaccination clinics at the Community Health Center facility at 22 Fifth St., Sema4’s testing clinic at Cove Island Park and Accu Reference’s testing clinic at 689 Canal St. were all canceled. Sema4’s testing site is expected to have a delayed opening Sunday, with hours from noon to 3 p.m.

“We expect other operators to close due to the weather, so please remember to check the City of Stamford website and social media pages for updated information,” the city said in its announcement.

The city previously announced that weekend vaccination clinics at Hunt Park, Cummings Park and Westover Magnet Elementary School had been canceled.

All Stamford school activities scheduled for Saturday are also canceled, the district said.

The city’s Building Department issued a reminder to builders to “secure” any construction sites by tying down materials, covering electrical equipment, storing tools and bracing fences.

“Winds may reach higher speeds and last longer than forecast in certain areas of the city,” the Building Department’s High Wind Advisory read.

The city’s Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, Scale House and Transfer Station will all be closed Saturday. Stamford Government Center, however, is open as a warming center for anyone who needs it.

brianna.gurciullo@hearstmediact.com