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Fairfield Closes Schools as Significant Storm Arrives

More snow — up to 8 inches — is on the way. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
More snow — up to 8 inches — is on the way. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
This morning, the Fairfield School District made an announcement that nearly every other town in southwestern Connecticut did last night: there's no school today, Feb. 5.

The flood of cancellations came in Tuesday evening as a significant winter storm bears down on the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a "significant winter storm" that calls for a another round of up to 8 inches of heavy snow, as well as one-quarter of an inch of ice.

The warning went into effect at midnight and runs through to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

The snow is expected to fall throughout the day and then change over to sleet and freezing rain late Wednesday.

"Travel will be extremely dangers due to significant show and ice accumulations," the meteorologists stated in their report. 

They added that the combination of snow and ice could knock down tree limbs and power lines.
Carol Elizabeth Skog February 05, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Snow is beautiful, wonderful for recreation HOWEVER Sleet ice covered, creates DANGER situations for drivers & pedestrians. Uncontrolled Ice skating cars, an unfortunate reality in very icy conditions, crashes & flip overs. Please stay home or else drive safe. Leave road travel for snow plows, fire, police, nurses, DR's who work today in emergency rooms. STAY SAFE. Many flip overs with children treated in emergency rooms the last snow/ice day without all this extra sleet/ice covering.
Ajack February 05, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Right call.
Fairfield Resident February 05, 2014 at 08:57 AM
People need to stop driving SUV's with their high centers of gravity. They flip over too easily!! They should drive station wagons if they want to haul their kids around town. You never see a station wagon flipped overin bad weather, etc.
Joeseph Biff February 05, 2014 at 09:19 AM
People who flip their cars don't know how to drive and should stay the hell off of the road.I've been driving for many years and have never seen the huge amount of flippers we are now seeing. Once again,it's common sense that is so lacking today. Too many people driving up your ass,texting,yacking,and being aggressive assholes
Igor February 05, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Joe, don't hold back . LOL. Sad but true.
Jennifer Hochberg February 05, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Glad that Fairfield made the right call to cancel school for today but it should have been done last nite along with the other surrounding towns! Why wait until the last minute, especially if a storm such as this one was inevitable? A lot of folks, which include parents, teachers, & staff were on pins and needles waiting to hear about Fairfield cancelling....but not until about 5-5:30am this morning!
Kenny February 05, 2014 at 12:46 PM
People like the author and the poster above me annoy me with their monday morning quarterbacking. What happened if Fairfield made the "call" last night and nothing happened today? Then you all would be complaining that Fairfield jumped the gun....blah, blah, blah. Stop second guessing the decisions the town makes on school closings. They can't win either way, keep the schools open or close the schools. People are going to complain anyway. The town makes the best decision it can on the latest information they have, I personally would rather see them wait until 5-5:30am every storm before making the call.
fairfield newcomer February 05, 2014 at 01:34 PM
JenniferHochberg, Isn't the normal time for the call in the A.M. and not the evening before? There are numerous occasions where the storm isn't what has been predicted so waiting, especially when the normal call is in the morning, seems to have been prudent.
Igor February 05, 2014 at 02:14 PM
1/2 of the people complain because they cancelled school (probably because they need a sitter ), the other half want to cancel school so they don't have to take the kids. Everyone wants to know the night before Well folks you are the parents. If you feel it's unsafe to send your kids to school don't send them.
Jim Eastwood February 05, 2014 at 06:20 PM
IGOR Right ON !!!!!!! What ever happened to the Old Days ????
fairfield newcomer February 06, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Jennifer, maybe the cancellations can be put on a calendar in Sept for your convenience.

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