Opening Time: Darien Schools on a Two-Hour Delay Friday Morning [UPDATES]

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Update: 8:46 p.m.: Darien Public Schools have announced that when they open Friday, they’ll be on a two-hour delay.

Here’s the full text of the announcement on the school district website:

The Darien Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay for February 10, 2017. The Board of Education Budget Committee meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. has been postponed.


Update 9:31 p.m.: The Darien YMCA will be open starting at 5 a.m., Friday. Here’s their announcement (via email):

Our facility will open at 5am with fitness programs as scheduled. However, all youth programs will not begin until 10 a.m. including Holly Pond School due to Darien Public Schools delayed opening. Camp Registration for New Campers who are Y members and Darien Residents will begin on Friday at 10 a.m.

The expected heavy snowfall on Thursday has caused Darien Public Schools, Town Hall, Darien Library and Darien YMCA to announce they’ll be closed all day. Other organizations that decide to close will be announced in updates to this article.

Update 12:49 p.m.: Gov. Malloy’s office tweets: “People whose [Connecticut Departtment of Motor Vehicles] registrations and licenses were due to expire today will now have until Wednesday at the close of business to renew.”

Update 12:29 p.m.: Connecticut State Police tweet at 12:14: “No coffee breaks today! From 5am to noon troopers responded to approx 72 crashes, 232 spin-outs & stuck vehicles and 601 calls for service.”

Update 12:20 p.m.:

  • Browne & Co. at 865 Post Road is closed for the day;
  • Ferguson Library in downtown Stamford is closed for the day;
  • Meatball & Co. “will be OPEN for TAKE OUT & UberEats ONLY!” it announced on Facebook.

Update 12:14 p.m.: Posted by Darien Police Department on Instagram:

Thanks to most of you for staying off the roads. Conditions have quickly worsened. Receiving reports of numerous disabled vehicles, some minor accidents, increased winds, trees down, and even thunder! Use caution if it’s necessary to be out there.

Darien Police video Instagram storm 02-09-17

Image from Darien Police video on Instagram

View of the storm from the front of Darien Police Headquarters, looking toward Spring Grove Cemetery.

Update 8:58 a.m.: Land Rover of Darien is closed for the day.

Update 8:49 a.m.: Metro-North announces on its website:

Due to the winter storm today, Thursday, February 9th; please take care when traveling during inclement weather and allow for additional time to get to your station.  Delays, cancellations and train combinations may occur depending upon the severity of the snow storm and its impact on our service territory.  Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases. For service updates please visit this website, download our TrainTime app, and follow us on Twitter & Facebook. See our Guide to Winter Weather Travel on Metro-North.

Update 8:45 a.m.: Darien Doughnut is open.

Update 8:39 a.m.: Highway conditions aren’t good, not far from Darien: NBC Connecticut TV reporter Leslie Mayes just tweeted, with a 10-second video showing the Milford rest stop on I-95: “It’s essentially white out conditions for drivers in the Milford/shoreline area right now. High winds and steady snow.”

Update 8:36 a.m.: Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office just tweeted: “Gov. Malloy will hold a news briefing at 9AM the state EOC to provide the latest updates on the winter storm.”

Update, 8:33 a.m.: Eversource tweets: “If you need us at any point during the storm please call 1-800-286-2000. You can also report outages on

Update, 8:25 a.m.: Rucci Law Group’s offices are closed. Ferguson Library in Stamford was still planning on opening, at least until noon, as of a 7:24 a.m. tweet. “We’ll update if anything changes,” so if you decide to go, check first.

Update, 8:16 a.m.: Darien Town Hall is closed for the day. And Shake Shack is closed, so don’t even think about it.

Update, 1:16 a.m., Thursday: Darien Public Schools has announced schools won’t be open on Thursday, and these other places have announced that they’ll be closed (or, as noted, open; “NBC” means NBC Connecticut has reported the closure; “WFSB” means WFSB-TV has the place on its online list of closures):

Original article, Wednesday:

Here’s the Darien YMCA announcement, from an email:

Due to the weather forecast, the Darien YMCA will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th. The Y will not be open at 5:00AM. All normally scheduled classes and activities are canceled. Depending on how the storm tracks, the Y may open its facilities in the afternoon. Please check the Y mobile app, review our website, or call the Y for facility updates as the day progresses.
Camp Registration for New Campers who are Y members and Darien Residents will begin on Friday, February 10th at 10:00 am.
Please use caution and stay safe!

Darien Library has this sign posted at the entrance:

Closed sign Darien Library 02-08-17

Here’s the Darien-specific forecast from the National Weather Service, as of the 4:56 p.m., Wednesday update:

A slight chance of rain and snow between 2am and 4am, then snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Snow, mainly before 4pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 28 by noon. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Windy, with a north wind 16 to 21 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Thursday Night
A 30 percent chance of snow before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 17. Wind chill values between 5 and 10. Blustery, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph after midnight.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between zero and 10. West wind 13 to 16 mph.
Friday Night
A 40 percent chance of light snow. Cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.
Cloudy, with a high near 39.
Saturday Night
A 30 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44.
Sunday Night
A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

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