[Updated Thursday, May 7, 5:40 p.m.] As meteorologists predict that the coming winter storm will now stretch into the weekend, organizers of weekend events and business owners are considering whether to cancel or reschedule their events.
As of 1 p.m., the National Weather Service is calling for snow to start falling gently Thursday night, with a significant amount forecasted to cover the area, with the heaviest snow Friday and into Saturday morning. A blizzard watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, with as much as one to two feet of snow accumulating in the South Windsor area.
Preparations are being made in town for the storm and South Windsor public schools will be closed Friday.
A wintertime parking ban remains in effect.
Town Manager Matthew Galligan said during a telephone interview that town offices would be open on Friday. Town vehicles have been loaded with treatment, generators have been tested and fuel has been topped off, Galligan said.
"It is a wait-and-see situation, and we will monitor it and make decisions as we go," said Galligan, adding that the emergency operations center would not be immediately opened. "We’re all going to be at work tomorrow."
Also, the town announced that its trash contractors "will make every effort" to complete its collection schedule on Friday. To do so, collections will begin before the regular time of 7 a.m. Any refuse or bulky waste not collected on Friday will be collected the following Monday, Feb. 11.
However, some organizers of events planned for Friday evening and Saturday are leaving things up to chance, and have canceled and rescheduled what had been planned Friday and Saturday.
The following is a list of cancellations as of 3:15 p.m. Thursday:
- Pete’s CARSTAR and Farmers Insurance will present a refurbished car to a local family in need on Feb. 13, at Pete’s CARSTAR in South Windsor at 1 p.m.. The original presentation was scheduled for Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
- The Winter Pops! Concert at South Windsor Public Library scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.