Winter storm preparations begin in Westport

WESTPORT — With heavy snowfall expected from a storm moving in overnight, the Westport Fire Department was planning to tighten up its firefighter staffing in preparation, according to Chief Andrew Kingsbury.

The department was monitoring National Weather Service updates before making a final decision as of early Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of the area, including Westport, and was forecasting six to 12 inches as of Wednesday afternoon. The local warning is in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Public Works Department team is expected to start preparations for the storm at 4 a.m. First Selectman Jim Marpe said he believes the town is well prepared to deal with snowstorm, though there maybe some obstacles like the snow falling during the work day where many cars will be on the road. The town does not start clearing snow until three inches of snow accumulates and Marpe urges residents to be patient.

Town Hall will be open, although Marpe said the employees have been instructed to use their discretion about coming into work. He added if schools are closed, the Westport Center for Senior Activities will remain open.