Wilton deputy fire chief issues weather warning

Deputy Fire Chief Mark Amatrudo, who is Wilton's acting emergency operations officer, issued the following warning this morning:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has formally issued a winter storm warning for our area from late today [Thursday] through 1 p.m. tomorrow. The snowfall rates throughout the day are still expected to be light, but starting this evening they are  expected to be 1 inch per hour or more. The heavy snow will be accompanied by winds from 10 to 20 mph, with gusts to 35 mph so drifting is also expected.

Falling temperatures will result in wind chills to -15 degrees through Friday night. Some media outlets are  saying that there are blizzard warnings in effect.  Even though the NWS has not posted blizzard warnings, the projected snowfall rates and  winds may cause them to do so later today.

We will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day and send out notifications if there are any significant changes or a decision is made to partially or fully activate the EOC [Emergency Operations Center].

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A winter storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.