Stamford, CT – The National Weather Service is calling for snow to begin in Stamford around 8:00 p.m., on Monday, February 27, with snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. A winter storm warning has been issued for Fairfield County and snow is expected to mix with rain on Tuesday, February 28th by 11:00 a.m., then turning to just rain until 8:00 a.m.
Residents should prepare for icy and slushy conditions overnight. Warming centers are open for the times and locations listed on the City’s website. Those in need of shelter are encouraged to call 2-1-1. Eversource is asking customers to prepare for possible outages. Visit their website for tips and instructions on how to report a power outage during the storm.
All Stamford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28. The following schools will be open tomorrow from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm for the 148th state house district special election:
K. T. Murphy (entrance at the 38 George Street entrance)
Stamford High School (84 Hillandale Avenue entrance)
DOMUS (15 Frank Street)
St Bridget’s School (278 Strawberry Hill Avenue)
Cold Weather Safety Tips
The Stamford Department of Health reminds all citizens of the following tips to stay safe during extreme cold:
Dress warmly, and in layers, and cover your skin, even if you are just making a short trip. In extreme cold, skin exposed to the cold air can get frostbite in just a few minutes. If you must go outside, you should wear:
Scarf or knit face mask to cover your face and mouth
Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
Water-resistant coat and boots
· The temperature inside your home should be set according to your own activity level, health, and medications. What is an acceptable, fuel-saving temperature for an active family may not be safe for an older person who has difficulty moving or takes certain medications.
· The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures. Check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors frequently.
· Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
· Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical assistance if you have these signs:
° Symptoms of frostbite can include loss of feeling and loss of color and usually happens on the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes.
° Symptoms of hypothermia in adults can include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, drowsiness, or slurred speech.
° In infants, symptoms of hypothermia can include bright red, cold skin, and low energy.
· Make sure your car is ready for the extreme weather conditions. Get your vehicle winterized and make sure tires are in good condition. Check your car emergency kit and replace any items that are broken or are unsafe to use.
· Ensure your pets are not outside for an extended period of time. If you notice an animal outside for an extended period, contact its owner or the animal control officer.
Stay Informed by Visiting:
WSHU Fairfield County Public Radio – 91.1 FM
WGCH Radio – 1490 AM
WFOX The Fox Radio – 95.9 FM
News 12 Connecticut, Cablevision Channel 12
To Prepare for and to Respond to Severe Weather Visit:
CT Dept. of Public Health Cold Weather Safety Tips: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=472542
FEMA’s Ready.Gov: www.ready.gov
National Weather Service: www.weather.gov