Fairfield Patch will post updates to this "hub" article throughout Winter Storm Hercules, including how things are going in town and links to all separate articles published on the site.
[UPDATE – 5:20 a.m.] Fairfield schools have been closed due to inclement weather.
[UPDATE - 5 a.m.] A
one and one-half hour delayed opening is scheduled for Friday morning
for Fairfield non-essential personnel. Sullivan Town Hall and Old Town Hall will
open at 10 a.m and the Fairfield Public Library will open at 10:30 a.m.
[UPDATE - 9 p.m.] MTA-MNRR [Metro-North Railroad]; will make the following changes due to the projected impact of Winter Storm Hercules.
Tonight, Thursday, Jan. 2, we will operate a regular schedule until 8 PM. After 8 PM, we will operate hourly service (making all stops). After midnight, we will operate a schedule with train combinations and cancellations to prevent trains from becoming stranded during the storm.
On the New Haven Line:
- The 8:33 PM train from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal is canceled. Customers may take the 8:03 PM or 9:03 PM trains from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal.
- The 9:33 PM train from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal is canceled. Customers may take the 9:03 PM or 10:03 PM trains from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal.
- The 8:04 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 8:07 PM train to New Haven.
- The 9:10 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 8:40 PM or 9:40 PM trains to Stamford.
- The 9:34 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 9:07 PM or 10:07 PM trains to New Haven.
- The 10:10 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 9:40 PM or 10:40 PM trains to Stamford.
- The 10:31 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 10:07 PM or 11:22 PM trains to New Haven.
- The 11:10 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 10:40 PM or 11:40 PM trains to Stamford.
- The 12:07 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 12:09 AM train to Stamford, which will make all local stops to New Haven.
- The 1:07 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 1:09 AM train to Stamford, which will make all local stops to New Haven.
- The 1:47 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 1:53 AM train to Stamford, which will make all local stops to New Haven.
[UPDATE - 4:30 p.m.] Heavy snowfall is on its way in a hurry! Click here to upload your photos from today and tomorrow's storm on Fairfield Patch, or download the Patch mobile app and add the photo directly from your phone.
[UPDATE – 2 p.m.] As nightfall approaches and the brunt of Winter Storm Hercules moves towards Fairfield, town officials and work crews are gearing up for the first storm of 2014.
“Right now DPW is pretreating the roads and we’re continuing to track the storm,” said First Selectman Mike Tetreau.
Tetreau said DPW crews are prepared and staging for the storm and are anticipating working throughout the overnight hours. One of the first goals of the road crews will be to clear commuter parking lots so local residents can get into work Friday morning.
The town is not anticipating opening a shelter, but Tetreau said he is in constant communication with the emergency management team should it become necessary.
[ORIGINAL STORY - 11 a.m.] Light snow has begun to fall across Fairfield County Thursday, as an early morning dusting will give way to near-blizzard-like conditions and the potential for up to 10 inches of snow Thursday evening into Friday.
A Winter Storm Warning and Coastal Flood Advisory have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the storm, which has been dubbed Winter Storm Hercules.
Some snow is expected throughout the day but the bulk of the snow is expected to fall Thursday evening into Friday morning. There will be sustained northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph causing wind chills of up to 15 degrees below zero.
Near blizzard conditions are forecast from Thursday night into Friday morning in southern Connecticut, according to the NWS. Six to 10 inches of snow are forecast with winds gusting to 35 mph causing whiteout conditions with visibility limited to a quarter to a half-mile.
Wednesday Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged "residents to take it slow and avoid travel during the height of the storm Thursday night.”