All Town offices and schools are closed in anticipation of 18-inches of snow or more (possibly less if a rain/sleet line makes its way into our area).
The Police Department will be open, Volunteer Firefighters will be ready to roll whenever necessary and the Highway Department workers, well, I can’t say enough about the wonderful guys in the highway department who work tirelessly to make the roads safe.
The milk cooler at Shop Rite was nearly empty by 5 p.m. — does anyone really depend on milk that much during a storm?
The governor has called for a statewide travel ban, so no thruway driving once the storm is underway.
The best thing for everyone to do is settle in at home and hope we don’t get any power outages as a result of the high wind gusts (up to 50 mph) that are predicted.
If you must shovel, remember to take breaks if you get too cold or before you strain yourself. If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, make sure to clear around it.
Enjoy your snow day.
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After this storm is over, reflect on the fact that the first day of Spring is on Monday, March 20.
While kids are having fun playing in the white stuff and, if conditions are right, building snowmen and forts, adults most likely will find themselves bundling up and shoveling.
Remember, if you have a fire hydrant in front of, or close to your property, PLEASE clear the snow from around it so the volunteer firefighters won’t have to do it in the event of an emergency.
We’ve posted this video for the past three years to show you how much precious time can be wasted at a fire scene if the firefighters have to clear out a hydrant when they can be concentrating their efforts on your home instead.
Try to stay off the roads and if you must go out, drive carefully and watch out for the other guy.
Town of Orange offices will be closed on Thursday Feb. 9 due to the storm. This includes all Town Hall offices. The Orange Police Records Division also will be closed.
If You CAN stay home tonight, please do. The beer will taste just as good at home and you won’t have to drive.
Everyone stay safe and warm during this next blast of winter.
The Orange and Amity School closings were announced early – around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and surprisingly there was still bread and milk left in the stores.
What did you do to prepare for this storm?
Did it ruin any February Vacation plans?
How are you going to wait out the storm?
Will you shovel the snow in shifts to make it easier on yourself?
Do your children help clear the snow? Do they play in it? Are they content to stay inside?
Just a reminder, Grassy Hill Country Club is the ultimate sledding and tobogganing place in Orange, but it is private property and the police will be called to kick you out. So, keep that in mind if you’re heading out. A few weeks ago, a 17-year old girl was injured and had to be ‘rescued’ (carried out) by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.
If you must drive, please be careful, the roads will be slick and there are still some people who don’t know how to drive in this New England weather.
Take care. Build an awesome snowman and make the best of this storm.
School offices also will be closed.
At the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, First Selectman Jim Zeoli hinted that Town Hall and all town services also would most likely be closed due to the storm.
If you can, stay off the roads and be careful when shoveling snow, as it will be heavy and conditions will be slippery.
The Orange Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 5.
Because it is after 10 p.m. the Power Announcement will not go out until tomorrow morning.
All other announcement venues are being used tonight for parents’ and staff’s convenience.
Amity also sent out a notice that the Amity Schools are closed.
Bethany schools closed too.
So, I guess Kevin Arnone was dead-on. He predicted there wouldn’t be any school on Wednesday.
(Orange Live switched to a new server on Monday and I’ve been experiencing some complications. Stories that I post are not showing up on site or totally disappear. I posted this story more than an hour ago. It shows up on one computer, but on my I-phone, I-pad and desktop it was nowhere to be found. so, if it shows up twice for you, now you know why)
From Meteorologist Kevin Arnone:
Precipitation will begin by 12-2 a.m. late Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning as all snow for the entire state of Connecticut. Beginning at the shore and quickly moving inland.
Snow will accumulate quickly during the overnight hours and into the early morning. By the time most of us wake up 7-9 a.m.expect 2-4 inches statewide.
Around “noonish” warmer air is forecasted to move in and a changeover from snow to ice will occur for the shore. This will cause the snow totals to be much lower for the shore. This is why 3-6 is what I am forecasting for the coast.
I don’t believe the warmer air will impact the inland towns as much and I am going with 6-10 inches.
NW hills will be the jackpot area in which they could receive 10+ inches of snow.
As far as schools are concerned I don’t believe there is any chance for any school districts to have school Wednesday!
Snow will end soon after midnight Wednesday night/Thursday Morning.