BLIZZARD 12 MIDNIGHT: Real strong winds, much drifting, uncertain snow totals

As of midnight in Shelton, it still appears only a few inches of snow has fallen in the city but extremely consistent and strong winds are making it hard to say for sure.

Whatever has fallen — and it may be more — is forming drifts, some of them significant. The blowing snow certainly makes standing outside an unpleasant experience.

The roads are snow covered and essentially deserted, with local drivers following Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s travel ban that went into effect at 9 p.m.

The only noise that can be heard on lower Bridgeport Avenue, near the Shelton Square Shopping Center (Stop & Shop), is that of private snowplow contractors moving snow around large commercial parking lots.

The heaviest snow is predicted to fall from about now, midnight, to 8 or 9 a.m. on Tuesday, with the potential for 2 to 3 feet by the time the storm leaves the area late Tuesday night. That means there still is plenty of time for large amounts of snow to accumulate in the coming hours.