First Selectman Jim Marpe, facing the first major storm to hit town in his young administration, on Thursday evening issued the following statement on the snowstorm expected to wallop Westport and the rest of southwestern Connecticut overnight:


- Expected snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches will make driving dangerous late Thursday night into Friday morning.

- Strong winds may cause downed electrical lines and loss of power.

- Frigid temperatures may create additional hardships, particularly the elderly.


- Town snow plows and supplies are ready. Key personnel will remain on Department of Public Works facilities to ensure streets are passable for emergency vehicles and residents in the shortest period possible.

- The Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., will be open until at least 8 p.m. Thursday -- and later if necessary -- as a public warming center.

- CL&P is in contact with the town's emergency-management staff and will have additional resources available to repair electrical problems.

- Westport's Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the storm and will provide emergency updates as necessary.


- Avoid driving Thursday night and Friday morning.

- Stock up on water, food, supplies and flashlights in the event of a power outage.

- Check on neighbors who may require additional assistance.

- Subscribe to Westport's CodeRED system -- or NIXLE at -- to be notified of emergency situations.

The safest place to spend Thursday night is at home. However, people using fireplaces or wood stoves, are urged to use utmost caution and let the ashes remain in the fireplace for several days until there are no remaining hot embers. Those using portable space heaters should be extremely careful and remember that space heaters require space -- nothing that can burn should be within three feet of any part of the heater.