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Monday, February 2, 2015

Snowstorm Results in Three-Day Super Bowl Weekend

For the second straight year, snow began falling in southwestern Connecticut immediately following the Super Bowl, late Sunday evening, February 1, 2015. As confetti fell in Phoenix to honor the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, snow fell across much of New England, and many people enjoyed a three-day weekend due to the storm.

Officially, nearly a foot (11") of snow fell at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford from late Sunday evening through Monday afternoon. Nearly an inch (0.7") was recorded Sunday just before midnight, and 10.3" were recorded Monday. Schools and many businesses were closed Monday due to the significant snow.

Weston reported the most snow in Fairfield County with just over 14 inches (14.3"), and Wilton (13") also received over a foot. Darien (11.3"), Bridgeport (11"), Easton (10.5"), New Canaan (10.5"), Stamford (10"), and Danbury (10") had at least 10 inches of snow. Here is the official snowfall report from the National Weather Service.

The snow became steadier and heavier Sunday night into Monday before mixing with sleet and freezing rain. However, the precipitation turned to all snow Monday afternoon, and became even heavier, creating near-white-out conditions in Fairfield County. Travel was extremely treacherous on main roads and especially secondary roads Monday afternoon. I took these photos during the Monday afternoon snow.

Monday's 10.3 of snow broke the previous mark of 3.2" which was set in 1985. Making matters worse, the temperature was expected to drop to between 10 and 15 degrees early Tuesday morning, causing icing of roads, driveways, and walkways. School delays of 90 minutes to two-and-a-half hours were anticipated Tuesday morning.