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Greenwich stands prepared for whatever winter brings

January 6, 2019

GREENWICH — As Greenwich moves into January, it’s easy to imagine this winter will be a mild one.

With the exception of one brief, intense storm in November, the region has had a largely snow-free season. But don’t put those snow shovels away quite yet.

“The odds favor more snow and my guess is Greenwich still has around a foot-and-a-half to two feet of snow probably still on track through the end of March,” said Jacob Meisel founder of the SWCT/NY Weather, a service that monitors southwest Connecticut. “I would not be surprised if you ended up with about average snowfall for the year, even with a warm December, because I do think things become more favorable the latter half of January into February.”

Greenwich Emergency Management Director Dan Warzoha said the town is “definitely prepared, no question about it” for whatever the season throws at it. Supplies are stocked to handle any upcoming snow, he said.

Commissioner of Public Works Amy Siebert said the town has acquired new equipment to make brine, which is used to pretreat roads before a snowfall.

“We are well stocked with supplies for winter weather,” Siebert said. “We clearly cannot predict what the weather may bring nor whether there may be materials shortages as we’ve seen in some years, but so far so good.”

In addition to founding his weather reporting site at www.swctweather.com, Meisel is the chief weather analyst for Bespoke Weather Services. He said there is a possibility of snow early in the week, but it will likely turn into mostly rain, again, continuing a wet winter for the region.

As January progresses, Meisel said temperatures will gradually turn colder leading to “a decent bit of cold air across the region for the month of February.”

Greenwich’s average snowfall for February ends up at about a foot in total, Meisel said, which he noted could be covered in one or two significant storms. As for why Greenwich had a rainy December instead of a snowy one, Meisel cited a number of factors. One was the weak to moderate El Niño pattern earlier in 2018, which brought warmer temperatures. And there also was more tropical activity than usual around Indonesia, which helped strengthen the jet stream in the Pacific, sending mild Pacific air across the country.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com

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