UPDATE at 5:30 a.m.
It's another snow day today for East Haven schools.
UPDATE at 6:55 p.m.
As the sleet and freezing rain slowly falls now, encouraging many residents to come outside to shovel and dig themselves out, you may think that the worst part of today's storm is over.
Another round of heavy snow is headed our way late tonight, with snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour, according to the latest National Weather Service winter storm warning.
The light freezing rain will gradually change over to sleet and snow as the evening moves along, and then change to all snow around midnight — becoming heavy at times.
Even a few rumbles of thunder are possible, as the unsettled weather pattern moves through the region overnight.
Additional accumulations of snow and ice of 4 to 9 inches are expected, with statewide totals reaching anywhere from 10 to 22 inches of snow.
UPDATE at 6:35 p.m.
Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared a state of emergency in hopes of securing federal funding, as many towns face road salt shortages, given the number of winter weather events so far this season.
UPDATE at 11:25 a.m.
It looks as though the near blizzard conditions the area has been experiencing since earlier this morning, will now continue well into the afternoon.
The National Weather service just issued an updated special weather statement warning the heavy snowfall — up to 2 to 4 inches an hour — and high guts will continue to sit over the region for a few more hours.
"Snow will gradually mix with or change to sleet from south to north during this time period," the meteorologists report, adding an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow are possible through the early afternoon.
UPDATE at 8:50 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of "near blizzard conditions" this morning along the southern portion of the state — including East Haven.
As the latest band of heavy snow sits atop the region, snow fall rates will be in the 2 to 4 inches per hour range. That heavy snow along with rising wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour will significantly reduce visibility.
The blizzard-like conditions are expected to ease as the temperature rises and a wintry mix develops.
"Snow will mix with and possibly change to sleet and rain late this afternoon and evening, before changing back to all snow tonight," the meteorologists stated in their report. "The snow will taper off after midnight."
The coastal flood watch for coastal Connecticut is no longer in effect, according to the National Weather Service's latest weather updates.
The current winter storm warning, however, remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.Update at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday
All Town of East Haven offices will remain closed today due to the winter storm, they mayor's office has just reported.
All East Haven public and parochial schools will be closed Thursday, Feb. 13 due to the coming winter storm.
Also, a town-side parking ban will also remain in effect through to Friday.
The East Haven Senior Center and Adult Learning Center will also be closed on Thursday.
Other storm-related reminders from the Mayor's Office includes:
- Town of East Haven Offices will open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. (Due to the complexity of this storm, we will re-evaluate the situation tomorrow morning and will extend the closing only if necessary
- Unless otherwise posted, vehicles are permitted to park only on the even numbered sides of the street
- All residents and businesses must clear sidewalks of snow within 24 hours following the end of the storm.