Storm Slows Traffic To A Crawl Near Weston

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Traffic is crawling on I-95 as Tuesday's snowstorm intensifies. Photo Credit: Connecicut DOT

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Tuesday's snowstorm was creating frustrating and dangerous driving conditions in Fairfield County with traffic on I-95 north bumper-to-bumper from Greenwich all the way to Bridgeport.

Four accidents have been reported so far, and drivers were taking it slow on the highway as the snowstorm strengthened Tuesday afternoon.

Southbound highways were also starting to see significant delays, with slow-moving traffic on northbound I-95 through all over lower Fairfield County.

Traffic on the Merritt Parkway was also slow-going with the northbound side seeing heavy traffic from New Canaan through Westport.

Gov. Dannel Malloy warned commuters to be cautious on their commutes home and to avoid travel Tuesday evening.

"I am asking residents to take it slow as they head out for the afternoon commute and to avoid travel during the height of the storm tonight," Malloy said in a statement. "If you do not need to be on the road tonight, please stay home as road conditions and visibility will be deteriorating rapidly. I’ve also asked all executive branch agencies to enact their early dismissal plans so that we are not bogged down during the usual evening rush, right when the snow is forecasted to pick up. Private sector companies may want to consider similar plans.”

On Monday, Malloy activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol which directs the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Housing to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.

All of Fairfield County remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with 6 to 10 inches of snow forecast to fall as temperatures plunge into the single digits and wind chills fall below zero, according to the National Weather Service. 

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