“This was like ’78, back when I was 13, we had 3 feet of snow,” one man said in Ridgefield.
Totals in some areas were staggering – 38 inches in Milford, 30 in Bridgeport, and 20.5 in Danbury. More than 40 inches fell in Shelton, just west of New Haven.
Shelton residents said not since the blizzard of 1978 had they seen so much snow in one storm. One man went so far as to use a John Deere bucket loader to shovel out his car, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
Meanwhile, some people were disobeying the travel ban.
“We have pulled a few people over and, obviously, some people didn’t get the word or weren’t sure or didn’t know. We understand that, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to be able to maintain the safety of our residents and the safety of our work crews and that means people got to stay off the roads right now,” Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told Schneidau.
Boughton said despite winds of up to 65 mph, only two power outages were reported in all of Danbury.
The next big task for the city will be plowing the parking lots of the 20 Danbury public schools in time for school on Monday, Schneidau reported.
In Fairfield, the gusty winds continued to blow ice crystals and snow every which way.
The top layer of the knee-high snow was in constant motion due to the wind, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.
Town officials said they need front-end loaders and earth-moving equipment to help get rid of the 30 inches of snow and to free police and fire vehicles as well as snow plows.
Malloy declared a state of emergency and deployed National Guard troops around the state on Friday afternoon to help with any rescues and other emergencies during the historic storm.
Young reported most were heeding the advice not to get on the roads. But many motorists didn’t have a choice, as their cars were left buried.
Widespread power outages were also seen, particularly in shoreline areas in Litchfield County and parts of Fairfield County, Young reported. Downed trees were largely to blame.
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