Snowfall of 2-4 inches per hour possible for next few hours

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of “near blizzard conditions” over the next few hours in southern Connecticut.

“A band of very heavy snow with snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour has overspread the region,” the NWS said in a Special Weather Statement issued this morning for Fairfield County.

'Near zero visibility at times'

The NWS also is warning that “wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph are expected to develop through mid-morning, resulting in near zero visibility at times.”

The NWS is urging people to stay off the roads: “Travel is not recommended through mid-morning due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions. Motorists should exercise extreme caution if travel is necessary.”

According to the NWS, conditions should gradually improve starting in the late morning.

The NWS Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Fairfield County through Friday morning, with up a foot of snow possible in Shelton during the course of a storm that could last 24 hours.