Schools on a 90 minute delay
UPDATE 6:30 a.m. Tuesday - According to the Shelton school's website, both public and parochial schools are on a 90-minute delay today, Tuesday, March 19.
About two-and-a-half to three inches of snow is on the ground in Shelton as of 1:30 a.m. on Monday.
It appears the snow is beginning to change to sleet or rain, but it’s uncertain exactly what will happen with temperatures in the next few hours. It is expected to get warmer on Tuesday, with all the precipitation eventually turning to rain.
Plows are busy clearing roads, with main roads in passable condition. The roads had been worse a few hours earlier, when the snowfall was much heavier.
The Route 8 expressway also is being plowed although in some areas, heading south from Shelton toward Trumbull, there was no clearly delineated lane. Some exit and entrance ramps had not plowed yet.
State police are on the scene on an accident on Route 8 south, just north of Exit 12 (Old Stratford Road). A red sedan crashed into a guardrail on the outside of the road. There did not appear to be any injuries, with the driver in the car as a trooper assisted. A tow truck likely will be needed to remove the vehicle from the highway.
Snow falling at brisk pace now in Shelton; Up to 6 inches, plus ice, are possible
As of about 8:45 on Monday night, snow is falling fast in Shelton along the lower Bridgeport Avenue corridor.
At the office of the Shelton Herald newspaper, the ground is covered and the roads are beginning to get slippery.
Snow and ice on the way to Shelton; Winter Storm Warning issued
Up to 6 inches of snow, plus ice, sleet and rain, are possible in Shelton and the Valley over next 24 hours or so.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Shelton as well as all southern and interior regions of the state from 6 p.m. tonight until 10 a.m. tomorrow.
According to the service, snow will move into the area late this afternoon into this evening, then mix with sleet and freezing rain overnight. The wintry mix will continue throughout Tuesday, eventually changing to rain and occasional snow showers.
Wind gusts could be 30 mph
Total accumulations could be 3 to 6 inches of snow and an additional ice accumulation of between one-tenth and one-quarter of an inch, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to be about 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 30. Visibility could be as little as one-quarter mile.
The precipitation should end Tuesday in the late afternoon.
Temperatures will fluctuate
Tonight’s low is predicted to be 32 degrees, and tomorrow’s high should be about 41 degrees. Low temperature tomorrow night is predicted to be in the mid to high 20s, which could result in icy conditions. Wednesday should be cloudy with temperatures in the low 40s.
Spring officially begins Wednesday, March 20.