12/16/2020 - Winter Storm Gail Code Red Message

Winter Storm Gail Code Red – December 16, 5:00pm
This is First Selectman, Jayme Stevenson with a Winter Storm Warning message for Wednesday, December 16th.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for all of Connecticut beginning at 7:00pm this evening and extending until 1:00pm Thursday, December 17th. 

Winter Storm Gail, the first major nor’easter of the winter season, is expected to begin impacting Darien between 5pm and 8pm this evening with heavy snow expected throughout the night.  Accumulations of between 1 ½ and 3” per hour are possible and may cause dangerous white-out conditions. Strong winds and wind gusts of up to 40mph may cause power and communication system outages. Repairs will not begin until storm conditions subside.

We recommend waiting 8 hours before clearing sidewalks as town and state plows will move snow back onto sidewalks. In white-out conditions, plow drivers cannot see pedestrians or pets.  Do not walk or run anywhere near roadways where plows are actively plowing. If you must walk outside near roadways during the storm, wear high-visibility clothing.

Non-essential travel on local and state roadways tonight and tomorrow is strongly discouraged. Police, Fire and EMS responding to stranded motorists and minor traffic incidents slows response to more serious storm related emergencies. Moving and removing snow from a large storm event must occur in stages.  Keeping roads passable for emergency vehicles is our first priority. Widening drivable areas will follow once the storm has concluded and may take several days.

Please check in with neighbors who may be less capable of managing during a storm event of this magnitude. Temperatures will be well below freezing for the next several evenings. The Town will assess the need for warming centers as the need arises.

Darien Public Schools are in remote-learning status and the Darien Library is close on Thursday, December 16th

Do not call 911 for routine storm questions.  911 lines must stay open for life-threatening and emergency calls only.

Emergency Contacts

 Emergency/Life-Safety:  911
Police Non-Emergency:  (203)662-5300
Emergency Operations Center:

Eversource: Power Outages: 800-286-2000
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 Altice (Optimum):  Residential Customer Service: 866-950-3278
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 Frontier: Damaged poles, downed wires/cable: 877-486-5667

Aquarion: Daytime- 800-732-9678
Emergency Answering Service: 888-234-3128