Snowfall causes ‘treacherous’ conditions in Norwalk but few crashes

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NORWALK — As snow continued to fall Friday morning across the city, the Norwalk Police Department cautioned drivers of “treacherous” conditions and warned them to stay off the roads if possible.

For those whose needed to be out, police encouraged drivers to “take it slow, wear your seat belt and leave plenty of distance between vehicles,” according to a post on the departments social media page.

Chief Thomas Kulhawik reported no road closures as of 7:45 a.m. Police had reported to seven crashes.

City officials estimated around 6 inches of snow has already fallen with totals varying across the city, according to Josh Morgan, director of communications for Norwalk. Snowfall predictions changed overnight when the storm slowed down.

The National Weather Service expected the snow to end around 9 a.m. Clouds would then give way to mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 33 degrees. A northwest wind of 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph, could make it feel like 20 to 25 degrees. The total daytime accumulation could be around an inch.

The city had no issues with staffing to get the roads plowed, starting with emergency routes and main roads then moving to secondary roads before finishing with cul-de-sacs and dead ends. City roads were pretreated with rock salt by 3 a.m.

Previouisly scheduled to be closed, city buildings and offices will open on Friday at 12 p.m.

Norwalk Public Schools left nothing to chance by calling off school on Thursday evening. The school district was criticized on Wednesday for not delaying the school start time when road conditions became icy and buses were late arriving due to the slick roads. Superintendent Alexandra Estrella apologized for the lack of a delayed opening.

Garbage and recycling pickup on Friday that was scheduled to be delayed has been canceled. Friday routes will be collected on Saturday.

This story will be updated

emily.morgan@hearstmediact.com