FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Good things may come in threes but not when it comes to the major nor'easter that is hitting Fairfield County on Thursday.
The huge winter storm is expected to come in three parts during the span of 24 hours.
Heavy snow began falling early in Fairfield County in Part 1, which should last until about 11 a.m. Thursday. Heavy band of snow are associated with the storm, dumping 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour in some places. That heavy snow is possible in Fairfield County, especially in the morning.
Then, there will be a period of mixed precipitation along with the snow for most of Fairfield County throughout the afternoon. There could be rain along the coast. The sleet and freezing rain will leave a coating of ice and make the snow wet and heavy.
It will all turn back to snow by evening, with more snow falling until about midnight.
All told, inland Fairfield County is expected to get 10 and 15 inches of snow, with higher amounts in some areas. Coastal Fairfield County is looking at 6 to inches. The entire area could get a significant coating of ice from the afternoon's sleet and freezing rain.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday across the whole region.
Metro-North will be operating on a reduced schedule Thursday. Schools in Fairfield County and many businesses are closed Thursday.
The heavy, wet snow combined with gusting winds could cause trees and power lines to fall and cause weak, flat roof structures to collapse. Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating said they have crews standing by to deal with any power outages that occur.
The state Department of Transportation has 632 trucks ready to go with plows and salt to clear the state's roadways along with 200 contractors on notice to be ready to help, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.
A ban on all tandem-trailer trucks was put in place at 4 a.m. Thursday for all primary and secondary roads in Connecticut, Malloy said. He also ordered all nonessential state workers to stay home on the first and second shifts Thursday. Jurors are not required to report for duty.
The outlook for Friday is mostly sunny with a high in the upper 30s. Another chance of snow returns Saturday morning.