What you need to know before nor’easter hits Connecticut

A nor’easter is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of Connecticut this weekend, while strong wind gusts and blizzard-like conditions could bring down trees and knock out power, weather experts say.

The storm is expected to start Friday night and continue through the day Saturday, bringing 5 to 15 inches of snow to Connecticut, the National Weather Service said.

The state’s utility companies said they have been preparing this week, bringing in hundreds of line crews if the high winds cause widespread outages.

Here’s what you need to know to be prepared for the storm:

If you lose power or other utilities

Eversource customers can report outages online, or by texting OUT to 23129

United Illuminating customers should report a power outage online, on the UI mobile app or call 800-722-5584 or 911 in the event of an emergency, such as a downed electrical wire.

Eversource and UI have interactive maps on their websites that show the latest outages.

For apartments residents, state law requires apartments to be at least 65 degrees at all times during the year, unless a loss of heat is outside the landlord’s control. The state also has certain protections against utilities being cut off without notice, or for low-income or seriously sick residents.

Parking bans, warnings

Many cities and towns have seasonal bans on parking vehicles in the street that are already in effect, or may issue them as the storm approaches. Check this section often, as new parking bans will be added as they’re announced by municipal officials.

Ansonia: No parking is allowed on city streets beginning at 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday. Additional parking is available at Nolan Field, Ansonia Middle School on Howard Avenue, the Main Street municipal lot, the West Main Street municipal lot, the East Main Street municipal lot, the former Ansonia Police Department at 2 Elm Street, Ansonia High School on Pulaski Highway, Prendergast School on Finney Street and Mead School on Ford Street.

Bridgeport : The city announced a snow emergency in effect as of 4 p.m. Friday and said residents must park on the even-numbered side of the street. Towing will begin at 6 p.m. Friday. Vehicles cannot be parked on snow emergency routes. The city urged residents to stay home for their own safety during the storm.

Bristol : A parking ban is in effect all day Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday.

Derby: Parking limited to odd-numbered sides of streets only.

East Hartford : A parking ban goes into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and remains in effect through 6 p.m. Sunday.

East Haven : A parking ban will be in effect throughout the storm, with a $100 fee possible for cars that are left on the street after a snow emergency is declared. Officials said police officers will pass out flyers around town before the storm explaining the town ordinance of parking.

Hamden : A parking ban goes into effect at 8 p.m. Friday and will remain in effect until further notice. Vehicles must be parked on the even-numbered side of the street.

Hartford : A parking ban goes into effect at 8 p.m. Friday and continues through the storm. Residents can park at Blue Light Lots and city lots, which open at 2 p.m., and Hartford Public Schools lots except for Bulkeley, Burns and Milner. The school lots will open at 6 p.m.

Manchester : A parking ban will go into effect at midnight Saturday and remains in effect through noon Sunday.

New Haven : A parking ban and a stay home request will be in place throughout the storm citywide except for essential personnel or those traveling for an emergency.

New London: The city’s winter parking restrictions are in effect starting at midnight Friday night and until snow plows have swept through the area. There will be no parking in the downtown area. Downtown residents and visitors can park in the Water Street Parking Garage for free starting Friday morning. People living in the area of Michael and Anthony roads can park in Bates Woods during the storm. There will be no parking on narrow street. Residents should follow posted regulations for street parking. For streets with parking allowed on both sides, residents can only park on the odd side of the street.

Norwalk : A snow emergency goes into effect for the city at 3 p.m. Friday.

South Windsor : Police reminded residents that vehicles cannot be parked on a public road in town once a storm has been ni progress for an hour, and for 24 hours after the storm has ended. Vehicles also cannot be parked on a public road overnight, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., from Nov. 15 through April 15.

Wallingford : A parking ban will began at midnight Saturday and continue through midnight Sunday.

Cancellations

Stamford: The city announced the COVID-19 vaccination site at the community health center and the testing sites at Cove Island Park at 689 Canal St. are canceled for Saturday. Other operators are expected to close as well due to weather, the city said.

Amtrak bridges

Amtrak announced it will close the following bridges due to extremely cold weather from midnight Saturday to noon Sunday:

-Mystic River Bridge

-Shaw’s Cove Railroad Bridge

-Niantic River Bridge

-Thames River Bridge

Amtrak said boaters must give a two-hour notice for emergency openings. Bridge tenders can be contacted by radio for emergency openings.

If you need shelter

The state’s severe cold weather protocol is in effect through Feb. 3. Anyone in need of emergency shelter or a place to stay warm should call 211 to be connected with a shelter. Lists of warming centers and homeless shelters can also be found online.

How to prep for the storm

The Red Cross has offered tips on how to prepare for the storm. The Red Cross says it’s a good idea to stock up on essentials ahead of major winter weather events, including any medications, canned food, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio.

Before the storm hits, the Red Cross says to make sure your car is fully-fueled, and set aside blankets and warm clothing for each member of your family.

“Sand or non-clumping cat litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery,” the Red Cross said.

Besides keeping yourself warm, it’s a good idea to make sure your home is insulated, the Red Cross said. With temperatures hovering in the 20s this week — and even colder wind chill values — sealing any drafty areas of your home should help keep the frigid air out, the Red Cross advised.

“Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out,” the Red Cross said. “Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.”

Now is also a good time to make sure your home has enough heating oil or fuel on hand, the Red Cross said.

UI is also encouraging customers to charge their electronic devices and get their get generators ready before the storm.

Driving in the snow

Try to avoid driving unless necessary to allow crews to plow and repair any storm damage.

If that’s not possible, be sure to leave plenty of driving distance between other vehicles, and don’t crowd snow plows at work, experts said. It’s also a good idea to pack an emergency kit in your vehicle with blankets, flashlight, tools for clearing snow.

“If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation if possible,” the Red Cross said. “About 70 percent of winter deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.”