Fairfield responds to blizzard
In a press conference starting at roughly 11:00 a.m., Gov. Dannel Malloy extended the travel ban to all roads in Connecticut. All people, excluding emergency response personnel, are banned from traveling throughout the day to ease snow removal efforts.
Gov. Malloy will hold a second press conference at 6 p.m. to update.
In the meantime, residents are asked to clear vents, ventilate outdoor generators, dig out any nearby fire hydrants and remain indoors as much as possible.
In addition, DPS has issued an on-campus travel ban. On-campus roads will be closed until 6 p.m. to ease cleanup efforts. Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Pellegrino has confirmed that the Stag Bus will not be running. Barone dining services will remain open, with continental breakfast and limited food stations available due to reduced staff members.
Pellegrino also issued an email saying that while “the vast majority of students on campus have been great throughout this challenging weather event,” there were still many instances of irresponsible and dangerous behavior during the evening, including at least one hospitalization for alcohol consumption. He is asking students act responsibly. Repercussions for misconduct during this time will be treated with heightened severity.
Updated at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8:
As of 4:00 p.m., a travel ban has been enacted for all highways in Connecticut, signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Updated at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8:
As of 11:30 a.m., First Selectman Mike Tetreau has declared a state of emergency for Fairfield, Conn.
According to the Fairfield Police Department, accumulated snowfall is expected to be from 16 inches to 20 inches, following 24 hours of harsh winds at 30 mph to 40 mph.
UI projects 10 percent to 50 percent power outages, with restoration estimated to take two to three days. Customers should call UI at 1-800-722-5584 if they are in need of assistance.
For more information about the storm, call (203) 254-4899.
Updated at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8:
Gov. Dannel Malloy declared state of emergency and is now limiting access of state roads.
A news briefing on the blizzard preparations is scheduled for noon. You can view it live here.
Updated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8:
Fairfield University has cancelled classes scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and later. Saturday classes and the L.S.A.T exam have also been cancelled.
The Main Dining Room in the Barone Campus Center will maintain its regular schedule today and through the weekend. Operation hours may change; any changes will be reflected on the University Dining Service website.
Updated at Thursday, Feb. 7:
New semester, more crazy weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Tri-State area beginning early Friday morning and stretching into Saturday afternoon.
According to the warning, snow could amount between 18 and 24 inches with winds between 15 and 25 mph. Travel is not advised as extreme weather will make for dangerous driving conditions. Read the full report here.
In addition to the expected blizzard, a Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for Southern Fairfield County for Friday evening.
Though normal University operations are still on track at this point in time, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), originally scheduled for Saturday morning, has been cancelled. Students will be contacted by the Registrar with a new date, according to a University email sent to students on Thursday afternoon.
The expected storm comes approximately three months after Hurricane Sandy severely damaged many houses on Fairfield beach, as well as causing widespread power outages on campus and throughout the town of Fairfield.