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Calm Before The Storm: Darien Prepares For Anticipated Blizzard

Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, at right, along with David Ward, a labor/driver with the Department of Public Works standing by a snow plow that will be in use during tomorrow's anticipated blizzard.
Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, at right, along with David Ward, a labor/driver with the Department of Public Works standing by a snow plow that will be in use during tomorrow's anticipated blizzard. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

DARIEN, Conn. — A blizzard set to slam the area Tuesday will close down schools, businesses and town halls — and the Town of Darien is preparing for the worst.

Workers were busy Monday, preparing vehicles and equipment at the public works garage on Ledge Road. Town officials, including First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, huddled inside the building to review what needs to be done.

"We are all gassed up, our gas tanks are full," Stevenson said. "We're fully prepared already, and now we are in the waiting phase. And we are hoping our guys get home to get a little bit of rest before they have to come back probably have to work a 24-hour shift."

Stevenson said the town is ramping up as it would for any other storm, although this nor'easter promises to be more severe.

"We are preparing the way we would for any New England snowstorm, although based on the latest snowstorms, this could be a very interesting storm in just the amount of snow that we get how heavy the snow will be and with the high winds that are being predicted," she said.

Darien Town Hall and the Darien Library will be closed on Tuesday.

All of Fairfield County and the metro New York City area is under a Blizzard Watch. The National Weather Service is predicting that 18 to 21 inches of snow will fall across Fairfield County.

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