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Monday, April 23 Local

Snow slams Connecticut's Gold Coast

Darien Public Works and state Department of Transportation has been hard at work clearing the roads in town, and attribute the lack of drivers on the road as a major help.

"Darien police continue to remind would-be motorists to avoid unnecessary travel as it remains hazardous," according to the Darien Police Facebook. "We would like to thank you at this point for your cooperation."

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said te town is using their road salt supply very sparingly and like other communities, they have a "very limited supply."

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More salt is being delivered to the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a 5 p.m. press briefing.

Stevenson said the light rain that has been falling in Darien has allowed public works to widen the roads.

"We are ready for another burst of snow in the overnight," Stevenson said.

As of noon, 13 inches of snow fell on Darien, according to the National Weather Service. Darien received the second largest amount of snow in Fairfield County; Fairfield had 14 inches as of 1 p.m.

The snow that pummeled Connecticut starting just after midnight has since tapered off and has turned to a freezing rain. More snow is set to fall over Darien later this evening.

The winter storm warning is in effect unctil Feb. 14 at 6 a.m. and the National Weather Service is calling for an additional three to eight inches of snow during the overnight hours.

The National Weather Service also issued a coastal flood warning for Southern Fairfield County from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Hourly Metro-North service began at 4 p.m., according to Metro-North

Darien Public Schools cancelled school last night, bringing the snow day total to eight for the 2013-14 school year. Board of Education Chairman Betsy Hagerty-Ross said historically the district did not take vacation days from April break to make up for the snow days. The last days students can be in school is June 30. Interim Superintendent Lynne Pierson will ultimately make the decision about snow days and how it will affect the school calendar.

Stevenson closed Town Hall this morning.

"Winter Storm Pax is here and predictions indicate that Darien should be prepared for 6 to 12 inches of total snow accumulation possible by mid-day Friday," Stevenson wrote in a release this morning. "Heavy snow is expected this morning changing to a mix by mid-afternoon. Precipitation will change back to snow before ending sometime on Friday."

The Darien Public Library is closed, along with the Darien Community Association and Person-2-Person. The Darien Senior Center is closed whenever the Darien Public Schools are closed.

"Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads if possible for their own safety and to let our plows work efficiently," Stevenson wrote. "The duration and intensity of this storm will require us to work continuously to open and widen the roads. Plowed snow on top of existing snow may make visibility around and over snow piles challenging particularly at intersections and in parking lots."

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Stevenson said that if residents must go out that they travel with caution.

There are no reported power outages in Darien.

There have only been two reported car accidents in Darien as of 4:15 p.m., according to Capt. Don Anderson. There was one single-car colloission at the intersections of Mansfield Avenue and Tower Lane, as well as a disabled tractor trailer at Old Kings Highway South and Desgwick Avenue, according to Anderson. The tractor trailer required a "heavy-duty wrecker" to be pulled out of the snow.

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews