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Blizzard warning dropped as snow ends, skies to clear for cleanup

Updated 7:00 am, Saturday, February 9, 2013

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  • A chiling scene, lietrally, Friday afternoon as snow piles up from the day's snow storm at the colonial-era burial ground off Beach Road.   FAIRFIELD CITIZEN, CT 2/8/13 Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    A chiling scene, lietrally, Friday afternoon as snow piles up from the day's snow storm at the colonial-era burial ground off Beach Road. FAIRFIELD CITIZEN, CT 2/8/13 Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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Snow appears to be ending across Fairfield and the rest of southwestern Connecticut between 5 and 6 a.m. Saturday, after the region was pummeled for nearly 24 hours by a winter nor'easter -- with intense overnight blizzard conditions -- and left in its wake at least 2 to 3 feet of snow.

Remarkably, no power outages are being reported in Fairfield early Saturday by United Illuminating Co., even though hundreds of thousands have lost electric service around the Northeast.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, banned travel on "all" Connecticut roads for safety reasons and to facilitate snow-removal operations.

Service by Metro-North Railroad, as well as Amtrak, remains suspended indefinitely.

Here is a summary of the National Weather Service forecast for southwestern Connecticut as of 6 a.m. Saturday:

- The Blizzard Warning has been dropped, and while scattered snow showers may felt early Saturday, the storm has moved on. There will, however, be snow-filled blustery gusts of the drifts left behind, as winds are clocked 20 to 25 mph, with gusts in the high-30-mph range.

- Clouds will gradually clear and the sun will emerge, as the daytime high temperature rises to about 30 degrees.

- Tonight will be clear and very cold, with temperatures dropping to a low of about 10 degrees.

- Tomorrow should be sunny and a little warmer, with high temperatures in the mid-30s.

- And the outlook for Monday calls for probable rain, with temperatures in the mid-40s.