Clinton Snow Storm Central: Town Opens Warming Center [Updated]

The latest information on how the snow storm, dubbed Hercules by the National Weather Service, is impacting schools, roads and businesses.

A snowy road in Connecticut, filtered in Instagram. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
A snowy road in Connecticut, filtered in Instagram. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Update as of 8 a.m. on Jan. 3: 

Clinton Town Offices will not open until 10 a.m. today due to the storm. Also, Town Hall will serve as a warming center until 4 p.m. as needed.

Update as of 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 2:

Clinton Public Schools just announced that there will be no school on Friday, Jan. 3.

Update as of 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 2:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered the partial opening of the State Emergency Operations Center.

Our original report follows:

The first major snow storm of the year is bearing down on us and it's expected to dump up to a foot of snow, according to the latest local forecast from the National Weather Service.

While some districts have cancelled school or announced early dismissals today, Jan. 2, there have been no such plans in Clinton.

"As it stands right now, we’re here for a full day,” Sandra Murphy, secretary to the superintendent, said when reached by phone at 10:35 a.m.

Murphy said there is no absolute deadline by which an early dismissal decision would be made. If and when a decision is made, parents would be notified via the School Reach system.

The weather service predicts that about 4 to 8 inches of snow will fall through tonight, with about an additional inch coming tomorrow. Winds will be blowing between 16 and 21 miles per hour today, with gusts up to 32 miles per hour.

Tomorrow, winds will blow up to 23 miles per hour tomorrow, bringing the wind chill temperature to 6 degrees below zero.

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There's a new law that requires Connecticut residents to clean the snow off their vehicles, or face a fine.
Michael Le January 02, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Is there after school activities tomorrow?
Chuck Anziulewicz January 03, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Just so you know, this winter storm was NOT dubbed "Hercules" by the National Weather Service, but rather The Weather Channel. Since when have snow events EVER had names? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given to them by the appropriate government agency. Snow storms do NOT have names. The National Weather Service (NWS) hasn't named the snow, nor has the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Neither the NWS, NOAA, nor anyone I know is referring to this storm as "Hercules." And yet, in what can only be described as a shameless, pretentious publicity stunt, the folks at The Weather Channel have taken it upon themselves to start naming every snow event that comes along, and in the process they have become a bit of a laughingstock. Who knows? Maybe this summer, when things have started quieting down, they'll start naming HEAT WAVES! We are experiencing a snow storm, not "Hercules." Please stop pandering to The Weather Channel's sense of self-importance.
Steve Bristol January 03, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Chuck--Add to that WFSB (Channel 3) has their OWN names for Winter storms. This one is called Bethany. Is the dump open at all today? I know their sign says closed in snow storms but I wondered if it will open later if it isn't now. Thanks, in advance, to anyone responding.
Steve Bristol January 03, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Never mind. I just noticed the sidebar note about the delayed opening. Thanks anyway.


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