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Icy Conditions Freeze Westport Public Schools

Westport Public Schools and offices are closed Wednesday, bringing the total snow day count to five. All activities scheduled for the day will be canceled or rescheduled. But snow wasn't to blame for the cancellation this time around: Instead, it was ice.

And unfortunately, more of it will form during the day as the National Weather Service is forecasting a 100 percent chance of freezing rain and sleet before noon. Between three-quarters to 1 inch of ice accumulation is possible. Winds of 17 to 24 mph are also expected.

The freezing rain is expected to change into rain after noon, making icy roadways even slicker.

The accumulation of ice combined with winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree limbs. As of 6:45 a.m., Connecticut Light & Power reported four power outages in Westport.

Travel is strongly discouraged. Gov. Dannel Malloy has ordered all nonessential state employees to report to work at 10:30 a.m. because of the ice storm. If you must travel, it is recommended to have a flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.

Do you plan on heading out this morning? If so, be safe!

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