Madison School District 90-Minute Delay; Storm Expected To Last Until Early Thursday; Use Caution On Morning Commute

Power outages in Madison included up to 19 percent of the town, including parts of North Madison around 9:15pm Wednesday; Outages dropped to 0.39 early Thursday morning. Storm caused cancellation of after school activities Wednesday.


Update Thursday morning:

The Madison School District has announced a 90-minute delay, along with The Country School in Madison. The Strong House Adult Day Center is open, but no transportation is available Thursday morning.

About 19 percent of the town was without power Wednesday night after a powerful winter storm brought fierce winds and snow accumulations of several inches in parts of Madison, and drifts of up to two feet in parts of North Madison.

The storm is expected to continue through early Thursday morning, possibly creating problems on the morning commute. Madison911 and the state Department of Transportation reported a series of motor vehicle and tractor trailer accidents late Wednesday and early Thursday, including some that prompted closures of state roads and highways.

Motorists heading out Thursday morning should use caution, the National Weather Service says: "Periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving," NWS said.

Just before 9 p.m. Madison911 reported a transformer fire near the intersection of High Hill Circle and Durham Road, about halfway between Green Hill Road and Old Toll Road. There also was a report of wires down near High Hill Circle and Overbrook Road.

Around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Madison Patch reader Darren Kramer sent an email saying "19 percent of the town out!" Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Madison Patch reader Linda Sayers Sandrey on Facebook reported outages of about 7 percent of the CL&P customers in town, or about 718 customers out of 9,050. As of about 3 a.m. Thursday, CL&P was reporting about 35 customers out, or about 0.39 percent of the town. As of 5:50 a.m. Thursday, there were still four customers without power, according to CL&P.

CL&P said on Wednesday afternoon that they were preparing for the Nor'easter.

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is preparing for the second part of a one-two punch from Mother Nature, as a Nor'easter plagues the region with high winds predicted along the shoreline.  In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, additional utility resources remain on the job throughout the company's service area, and line and tree workers are staged around the state in areas expected to be impacted by the Nor'easter. 

Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, just as the nor'easter was gaining strength, CL&P reported that it had completed work on outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, which left 850,000 customers without power in the state at its worst.

With the help of 2,900 outside line workers, crews have set over a thousand poles; strung more than 100 miles of overhead lines; and replaced 24-hundred transformers and 5-thousand cross arms. 

Still, damage to some homes was so bad that power could not be restored, CL&P said. "Due to the severe damage caused by Sandy, CL&P estimates that more than a thousand of its customers will be unable to have electric service restored to their homes or businesses at this time.  Customer service representatives are working closely with these customers to outline the steps they need to complete, such as having wiring and equipment inspected by a building inspector, before the company can reconnect their service."

Across Long Island Sound, residents affected by Sandy were also hit again by the winter storm, The New York Times reports:

The Long Island Power Authority began the day saying that 184,000 customers still lacked power. By day’s end, the total was 199,000. About 151,000 Public Service Electric and Gas customers in New Jersey had no power before the new storm arrived. The company said the storm caused an additional 90,000 power failures statewide. By late Wednesday, Jersey Central Power and Light was reporting more than 219,000 customers without electricity. About 6:40 p.m., the Long Island Rail Road temporarily suspended departures from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn after a series of storm-related problems on several of its lines. But later, limited service was restored.

For more details, read the story in The New York Times.

The National Weather Service reported that the storm brought temperatures in the low 30's, snow accumulations of up to 4 inches, and winds in excess of 45 mph to Madison and the surrounding area.

In addition to the transformer fire and report of wires down, Madison911 also reported a series of car accidents late Wednesday in areas that included Durham Road and Horsepond Road, Exit 60 off of I-95 South near the Guilford town line twice, Horsepond Road and Wickford Place, Old Toll Road near the Guilford Line, and Dorset Land and Stephanie Court.

Around the state, traffic accidents were reported as well by the state Department of Transportation, including several jackknifed tractor trailer accidents and motor vehicle accidents requiring road closures on state highways.

Original story Wednesday:

All afternoon activities have been cancelled by Madison Public Schools because of a winter storm warning.

The National Weather Service says that rain and slush could turn to all snow by 4 p.m. Wednesday. The NWS also says a coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday for eastern Long Island. Tidal departures of four to five feet this afternoon into evening are expected, and around 2.5 to four feet late tonight into early Thursday morning.

"Beach erosion and large breaking waves of three to six feet on top of any surge could cause signficant additional beach erosion," but mostly for northward facing coastlines, the NWS says. 

The worst of it could be around high tide around and just after sunset Wednesday, the NWS says. High tide in Madison is 4:49 p.m. Wednesday, just after sunset at 4:48 p.m. High tide on Thursday is 5:25 a.m. and 5:46 a.m.

"Moderate coastal flooding will occur mainly this afternoon into early evening. Minor to localized moderate coastal flooding is expected very late tonight into early Thursday morning," the NWS says. "Widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or basements will hamper recovery efforts ... coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property."

In addition, north winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible this afternoon and tonight. "Winds of this magnitude will be capable of producing downed trees and power lines, as well as minor property damage."

7-Day Forecast For Madison

  • This Afternoon Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 4pm. High near 37. Breezy, with a north wind around 23 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Tonight Snow before 8pm, then rain and snow between 8pm and 10pm, then snow after 10pm. Low around 33. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Thursday Rain and snow likely before 9am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Thursday Night A slight chance of rain before 10pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 33. North wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 51. North wind 9 to 13 mph.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
  • Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
  • Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
  • Veterans Day Sunny, with a high near 63.
  • Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
  • Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
  • Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Tuesday A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Beth Anderson November 08, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Just beating the Madison Police Department's expected common sense storm advice by saying: If you are driving in the darkness you should turn your vehicle's headlights on, if you are driving in the rain or sleet you should use you vehicle's windshield wipers, if the snow is so deep that you can't get out of your driveway onto the unplowed street, you should consider not driving, if you do get out onto the highway and it's a sheet of ice you should reduce your vehicle's speed. Wow, how would we ever have know what to do or how to do it without that very expensive advice? Who would have ever figured it out that residents should use caution during a storm without government intervention: Government: Storm Expected To Last Until Early Thursday; Use Caution On Morning Commute.
eileen banisch November 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Beth: There were plenty of people out driving last night, sliding all over (and off) the road. Unfortunately, some people can't wait to drive around "just for the fun of it". There is no IQ component to the drivers license test.


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