Stop & Shop was abuzz with Fairfield University students and town residents as they made a last minute trip early Tuesday morning to stock up on food before the season’s first significant snow storm. At 4:40 a.m. University students, faculty and staff received an email alert notifying them that all classes and other events were cancelled for Feb. 12.
The first flurries of the day could be spotted around 9:00 a.m. and continued until 1:30 p.m., when freezing rain began to fall until for about an hour. After a coating of freezing rain, snow resumed until 4:00 p.m., when hail continued throughout the night.
By 11 a.m. University plows were already working to ensure sidewalks and pathways were cleared and could be accessed safely by students. Many students took advantage of the snowy day by baking cookies in their Res Halls, sledding down the hill outside of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library and having Netflix movie marathons with their roommates.
Despite the mostly-cleared sidewalks, the University roads were not given as much attention. At 12:37 p.m. there was weather related motor vehicle accident resulting from snow behind Regis Hall where a car slid into two parked cars.
Accidents in Fairfield began picking up before noon. At 11:07 a.m. there was an accident on Coolidge St. At 11:22 a.m. Fairfield Police Department responded to a truck accident that occured between exits 22 and 23 – the closest exits to Fairfield’s campus. It was later tweeted by Fairfield PD that there was one injury from the accident.
Vehicle accidents continued to occur around Fairfield County throughout the afternoon and into the evening.