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Fairfield: Winter Storm Janus Central

Credit: File photo
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Fairfield Patch will post updates to this "hub" article throughout Winter Storm Janus, including how things are going in town and links to all separate articles published on the site.

[UPDATE - 2:30 p.m.] All Department of Motor Vehicles offices will close today at 2:45 p.m. due to the inclement weather. Consult the DMV website at ct.gov/dmv for further updates regarding the opening times of offices tomorrow following the storm.

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[UPDATE - 1:30 p.m.] Malloy is urging residents to take it slow and avoid travel during the height of the storm Tuesday night.

"I am asking residents to take it slow as they head out for the afternoon commute and to avoid travel during the height of the storm tonight," said Governor Malloy. "If you do not need to be on the road tonight, please stay home as road conditions and visibility will be deteriorating rapidly. I’ve also asked all executive branch agencies to enact their early dismissal plans so that we are not bogged down during the usual evening rush, right when the snow is forecasted to pick up. Private sector companies may want to consider similar plans.”

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[UPDATE - 11:40 a.m.] 
Heavy snow and winds could cause power outages in areas of Connecticut this evening. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers tips to keep families safe and comfortable during winter storms.

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[UPDATE - 9:30 a.m.] Fairfield Public Schools have an early dismissal Tuesday due to the impending storm. 

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[ORIGINAL STORY - 9 a.m.] Heavy snow and severe cold weather are headed for Fairfield County today, as some afternoon accumulation will give way to freezing temps and the potential for up to 10 inches of snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

A Winter Storm Warning has 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 Janus.

Some snow is expected throughout the day but the bulk of the snow is expected to fall Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning. There will be sustained north winds of 10 to 20 mph causing wind chills of up to 10 degrees below zero.

The snow will be heavy at times and significant blowing and drifting is expected, according to the NWS. Six to 10 inches of snow are forecast with winds gusting to 30 mph causing whiteout conditions with visibility limited to a quarter-mile or less.

Monday Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encouraged local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need. 
Chuck Anziulewicz January 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM
"Janus?" What gives you the impression this snow storm had a name? Since when have snow events EVER had names? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given to them by the appropriate government agency. Snow storms do NOT have names. The National Weather Service (NWS) hasn't named the snow, nor has the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Neither the NWS, NOAA, nor anyone I know is referring to this weather system as "Janus." Oh, WAIT A MINUTE. You must be referring to The Weather Channel. Yes, in what can only be described as a shameless, pretentious publicity stunt, they have taken it upon themselves to start naming every snow event that comes along, and in the process they have become a bit of a laughingstock. Who knows? Maybe this summer, when things have started quieting down, they'll start naming HEAT WAVES! It makes you wonder how we ever survived the old days when snow was just called SNOW, not given a cute name by The Weather Channel, which is owned by NBC and not the government. Is it REALLY necessary to pander to their sense of self-importance?
Tank January 21, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Right on Chuck!
Jim Eastwood January 22, 2014 at 05:31 AM
NICE JOB DPW---in a very(Severe Low Temperature) Conditions !!!! Thanks !!!!
Ajack January 22, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Next thing they will be naming....Flu outbreaks! Then after that ....Traffic jambs... and maybe after that .....Power outages! Anything to legitimize their , at best , three day forecasts. Someone in marketing at the weather stations said ...name it and then we can use that to sell our product...viewership. Started with the idea on naming hurricanes. Now if someone breaks wind ...they name it.

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