WESTPORT, Conn. – More snow was dumped on the east side of town than the west side during Winter Storm Nemo, according to Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards.
Unofficial data from the National Weather Service shows Westport saw a total of approximately 24.5 inches—the seventh highest snowfall total in Fairfield County. But Edwards said his crews encountered significantly more snow as they traveled toward the Fairfield border.
“The western side of town near the Norwalk line had about 24 inches, but on the Fairfield side, had about 30 inches,” Edwards said Monday. “The eastern side of town definitely got hit much harder than the Saugatuck side.”
The reason, Edwards believes, has to do with the “interesting path” the storm traveled. The storm, he said, seemed to make landfall in the Fairfield area and moved up into the center of the state. The hardest hit town, according to the weather service, was Hamden, where 40 inches of snow was reported.
The town that saw the second most snowfall was Milford, with 38 inches reported.
Fairfield saw the most snowfall in the county with 35 inches, followed by Stratford with 33 inches.
Although Westport didn’t see the most snow statewide, it reportedly had the highest wind gusts. AccuWeather reports Westport had peak winds of 82 mph during the blizzard.
Edwards said it took his crews about 42 hours to completely clear the town’s 123 miles of roadway, reporting into work at 7 a.m. Friday and finishing by 1 a.m. Sunday. However, there is more work to be done over the coming days, he said.
Specifically, his crews will keep moving snow to the Imperial Avenue parking lot in order to reduce the piles downtown and at the schools.
“These create sight line issues,” Edwards said.
Also, many sidewalks in town, he said, still need to be cleared.
(This story was updated to include comments from Public Works Director Stephen Edwards.)
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