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Wintry Mix Opens First Week Of December



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NOTE (3:11 pm): This story has been updated to include cancellation notices for Board of Education and Board of Selectmen meetings.

(3:31 pm) The story has been updated to reflect changes to the Class LL football schedule, including Newtown High School's quarterfinal hopes.

(5:03 pm) ...and the early closing of Edmond Town Hall, the cancellation of tonight's "Downton Abbey" screening in ETH Theatre, and the cancellation of tonight's Design Advisory Board meeting.

(Tuesday, December 3): This story is being updated with today's late openings.

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An ice-snow mix has welcomed commuters to the roads this morning, thanks to a slow moving storm that arrived in the region early Sunday afternoon.

Primary roads are wet, but very passable this morning. Many secondary roads have slush/snow mixes on them, along with sand and/or salt, thanks to Town and State plows that have been out for hours.

Eversource crews have been alerted to a few areas were utility wires have fallen due to wind and ice.

Newtown — along with much of northern Fairfield County and all of Litchfield County, and much of southeastern New York — remains under a National Weather Society Winter Storm Warning that is in effect until 7 am Tuesday, December 3.

Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of 5-10 inches now being forecast for interior southern Connecticut, according to the weather service. That forecast also includes portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

The weather service is calling for rain and snow to continue until late Monday morning, and then becoming all snow after noon. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 31 degrees by 3 pm, also according to the weather service.

Wind chill values will be between 20-25 degrees, with north winds around 14 mph. The chance of precipitation for Monday afternoon is 90%, with total daytime accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.

For the overnight of December 2-3, snow will continue under “steady temperature around 29,” NWS said Monday morning. Chance of precipitation remains at 90%, with new snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible.

Tuesday has a 20 percent change of snow before 10 am, after which precipitation should be ending. Skies will be cloudy, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees. Wind chills, however, will be between 15 and 25 degrees thanks to a northwest wind moving 10-13 mph.

Readers are invited to share weather photos from their homes and/or businesses. Send them to Associate Editor Shannon Hicks.

Closings & Cancellations, Delays & Postponements

C.H. Booth Library has announced it will open two hours late, at 11:30 am.

Newtown Community Center opened at 8 am.

Newtown Public school officials closed schools during the early hours of December 2, creating the first cancellation of the season.

As a result of that closing, the Newtown Middle School 8th Grade Winter Concert scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled to Wednesday, December 4, it snow date.

The Resiliency Center of Newtown, according to its Facebook page, will be closed all day.

Newtown Youth & Family Services has also announced it will be closed today.

A late afternoon Board of Education special meeting and tonight's Board of Selectmen meeting have both been canceled.

Newtown High School's Class LL football state playoff quarterfinal-round game, along with those of other postseason qualifiers, has been postponed a day, to December 4, because of snow. Additionally, the semifinal date has been moved one day. Read more here.

Edmond Town Hall has closed early, which means tonight's screening of Downton Abbey has been canceled.

Tonight's Design Advisory Board meeting has also been canceled.

Tuesday, December 3:

Newtown schools are on a three-hour delay.

C.H. Booth Library will open two hours later than usual, at 11:30 am.

FAITH Food Pantry will open at 10:30, and The Resiliency Center of Newtown will open at 11 this morning.

Businesses opening late, or planning to close early if the inclement weather continues, are invited to send e-mail to Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at shannon@thebee.com. We will update this list and add notes to our social media feeds as they are received.

Light posts in Sandy Hook Center that were decorated with pine roping, red bows, and in many cases personalized tags, had the added decoration of ice by early Monday morning. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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