Many city services closed today as region braces for blizzard — parking ban begins at 6 p.m.

Parking ban to begin in Shelton at 6 p.m. today.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon announced that CT TRANSIT bus service will begin shutting down service at 4 p.m. today, and all buses will stop running by 6 p.m. This shut down will be in effect for the entire state until further notice.

In anticipation of today's blizzard, Shelton public and parochial schools are closed.

The city also announced that the following will also be closed:

• Plumb Memorial Library & Huntington Branch Library is closed Friday and Saturday.

• The Senior Center is closed Friday & Saturday.

• Youth Service Bureau is closed Friday.

• The Transfer Station is closed Saturday.

• The Community Center is closing at noon on Friday and closed all day on Saturday.

• City Hall is closing at 2 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for southern Fairfield County which is in effect from 6 a.m. on Friday to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Heavy snow and strong winds are being forecast with snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches. Winds are precast from 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Visibility, according to the weather service, will be one-quarter mile or less at times. The strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning.

The weather service said heavy snow and winds will make for dangerous driving conditions with visibilities near zero in white-out condition. In addition, it said some tree limbs will be downed, causing scattered power outages.

A blizzard warding, according to the weather service, means severe winter weather conditions are expected. The weather service said if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If stranded, stay in your vehicle, it advised.

In Shelton, the chance of snow is mainly after 3 a.m. today, Thursday. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than half-inch possible.

Snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches is possible Friday night, with new snow accumulation of one to two inches possible on Saturday.

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