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Thursday, December 12 Local

Winter weather blows warning sirens in Milford

So far it hasn’t been much of a winter storm.

But it was enough for Milford Mayor Ben Blake to sound the alarm Monday afternoon warning shoreline residents to move their cars and prepare for some flooding.

“Around 3 p.m. we had a high tide, low barometer readings and gusty winds which is the perfect scenario for some flooding in our low lying areas so I sounded the alarm,” Blake said Monday. “The tide was about eight feet high which is about two feet higher than normal.”

The mayor said there was some minor flooding. He anticipates if the forecasts hold up, flooding could be repeated when the high tide forms again around 3:30 a.m.

While schools in the Valley were cancelled and those in Bridgeport and Milford closed early Monday there hasn’t been much of a storm beyond some occasional snow and rain.

Things could change overnight. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Bill Jacquemin, who operates the Connecticut Weather Center in Danbury, is predicting about 2 to 4 inches of snow will fall along the region’s coastline and three-to-five inches in the Greater Danbury area. Additionally he forecasts sustained northerly winds of 16 mph gusting to 30 mph tonight. Tuesday should see gradual clearing and temperatures around 38 degrees.

“We’re watching some bands of snow that could form overnight,” Blake said. “Nothing massive but it could make for slippery conditions once the temperature drops.”

So he’s keeping some Department of Public Works crews ready.

The same is true in Ansonia and Derby where Mike D’Alessio and Ed Armeno, the public works directors in those cities, both have 10 plows filled with sand and salt and ready to go.

“I’m hearing we could get three to five inches by morning starting around 8 p.m.,” Armeno said. “We’ll go out when the first flakes start falling and we’ll stay out until all the roads are clear and the city buildings are able to open.”

D’Alessio said his crews began pre-treating the streets Monday afternoon.

“I’m expecting an all nighter so we can make sure the roads are passable for early morning commutes.” he said.

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