Snow disrupts Danbury area schools with 8 inches in places


The overnight snow that kept falling until late Friday morning closed schools and made driving conditions difficult. But by the afternoon, the light, fluffy snow had been cleared from the roads and residents across the area were busy cleaning up.

About 7 to 8 inches of snow was dumped over the Danbury area between midnight and late morning, according to the National Weather Service’s unofficial tally. The northern counties of Fairfield and Litchfield have largely received somewhat less build-up.

“The snow seems to have stopped,” Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe said at around 9:20 am. “It looks to me like we got about four to five inches of fluffy white snow.”

Limited wind and light snow prevented power outages in the area.

The National Weather Service estimated 7.6 inches of snow fell in Danbury, 8.1 inches in Newtown, 7.5 inches in Southbury and 4.5 in New Fairfield. Other totals for the region were not available on Friday evening.

Most school districts in the Danbury area announced school cancellations for Friday night due to the timing of the storm, with a few families alerting Friday morning. Danbury schools had already been canceled for Friday due to staff shortages linked to COVID.

Some COVID test sites in the region were also closed on Friday.

Roxbury First Selectman Patrick Roy said he went out with the crews to clean the roads from 4 a.m.

“The roads are superb. I’m happy not to report any accidents, ”he said at 10:30 am.

Roxbury and a few other towns in the region have closed their municipal buildings for the day.

Danbury, which declared a “level 1 snow emergency”, enforcing a parking ban, lifted the ban on Friday afternoon.

More winter weather is expected. The National Weather Service forecasts freezing rain on Sunday before 10 a.m., with a chance of rain or freezing rain between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. Rain and snow should follow after 1 p.m. and move into the evening. Wind is forecast in the 8-10mph range, with gusts as high as 21mph.

Editor-in-chief Kendra Baker contributed to this report.


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