Darien Schools on a Two-Hour Delay, Wind Advisory Issued for Area

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Darien Public Schools, like other school districts in the area and some private schools, have announced a two-hour delay in the start of today’s school day, the district has announced.

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— This article will be updated as more information comes in about any Darien or nearby weather delays or closings.

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LIST OF AREA DELAYS

These schools or other institutions are delayed two hours Monday morning, unless otherwise noted:

Holly Pond School will open at 10 a.m., the Darien YMCA announced.

  • St. Luke’s School in New Canaan is on a 90-minute delay
  • New Canaan Country School
  • Norwalk Community College
  • University of Connecticut campuses across the state will open at 10 a.m.

There are two-hour delays for New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston public schools as well.

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Pear Tree Point School, the Holly Pond School at the Darien YMCA and the Darien Nature Center all commonly close or delay their classes or programs when the Darien school district does.

The school district’s announcement does not state the reason for the delay, as similar announcements have in the past, but presumably the reason is the recent snowfall and the high winds. The winds have caused the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Advisory for the region (see below).

On Sunday road conditions led to numerous traffic accidents across the state and a few institutions announced they were either opening late (like the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, which opened at noon) or closing early (like the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, which closed at 2 p.m.).

Here’s the Darien Public Schools announcement, from its website:

“The Darien Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay for Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The BOE [Board of Education] Budget Committee Meeting to be held today at 8:45am has been postponed.

Darien Public Schools delay announcement 02-13-17

The announcement Monday morning on the home page of the Darien Public Schools website.

 

National Weather Service Issues Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service has a wind advisory for the area that the service says will stay in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. According to the weather service’s 3:21 a.m. statement:

* Winds...Northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* Timing...The strongest winds will be from around sunrise through
  late afternoon.

* Impacts...Strong winds may blow down limbs...trees...and power
  lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

National Weather Service graphic 02-13-17

Here’s the Darien-specific forecast from the National Weather Service, as of the 5:56 a.m. update:

Today
A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Windy, with a northwest wind 26 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 35. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. South wind around 7 mph.
Wednesday
A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 36.