Snowstorm Chester: Updates & Closings

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Storm "Chester" has begun in earnest. Here's the latest on what's happening out there. Stay safe!

Check the forecast and view the Winter Storm Warning here.

Having fun in the snow? See something your neighbors need to know about? Post your pictures of the storm in our photo gallery.

-Southbury Parks & Recreation has canceled all activities scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21.

-The Region 14 Board of Education Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.

-All DMV locations closed at 2:45 p.m.

-Governor Malloy ordered staggered release of non-essential state employees beginning at 3 p.m.

-The Connecticut State Police are asking motorists to avoid travel if possible.

"If it is truly necessary for motorists to go out during this anticipated storm, the Connecticut State Police recommend that you ensure that your vehicle is “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and windshieldwipers in optimum condition," a press release issued Tuesday said.

"If you must travel during the storm, provide your route of travel details to a family member or friend and check media reports prior to traveling to gather the latest updates on road conditions and possible closures.

Utilize the headlights on your vehicle during any storm – it’s the law!

In addition, motorists should have a fully-charged cell phone, bottles of water, nourishment bars or other non-perishable food, extra clothes, a shovel, flares and blankets in case of emergency.

During a snow event, reducing speed and expanding distances between cars is an absolute necessity for safe driving. If you become stranded in your vehicle in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk to safety. Call 911 from your cell phone for help. Run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked."

Safety: Here's a great Winter Storm Safety Checklist from the American Red Cross.

Sign up for Text Updates from CL&P: Click here for information about emergency preparedness, as well as an easy way to sign up for text updates during a storm.

Important Numbers From the Town of Southbury Emergency Center:

Southbury Police Department (non-emergency calls):

(203) 264-5912

Power outages: To report a power outage to CL&P call 1-800-286-2000. Click here to report outage online. Click here to view CL&P outage map.

Charter: Please call 1-888-GET-CHARTER (1-888-438-2427) with any service related questions. Or go to Charter Storm Center site for outage updates. 


In a December press release, the Town of Southbury reminded residents "to help the Highway Department in their efforts to clear roadways by not parking on Town roads in such manner as to hamper or interfere with effective snow removal and salting. Obstructing vehicles are subject to removal at the sole risk and expense of the owners."

Snow Removal:

From the December 13 Town of Southbury press release: "Residents are also reminded that it is a violation of Town Ordinance to place, deposit or blow snow from any sidewalk, parking area or driveway onto a public road. Violators are subject to payment for the costs of removal and a monetary fine. In addition, property owners are responsible for the action of their contractors or agents in clearing snow from their property."

How to Contact Public Works:

To report snowy/slippery conditions, residents can call the Public Works Office at (203) 262-0621 or via e-mail at pwroads@southbury-ct.gov 

If there is a winter storm emergency and no crews have been dispatched, call the Police Department at (203) 264-5912. 

Driving and Other Information:

-Did You Know? There's a new law that requires Connecticut residents to clean the snow off their vehicles, or face a fine.

-Here are a few tips for driving on icy roads, if you absolutely have to.

-Homeowners, here's how to prevent and fix a burst pipe.

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