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Avon Snow Hub: Plows Push Back Snow Banks, Motorists Urged to Drive Slower [Update, 5 p.m., Feb. 11]

Avon Patch will update this article through out the day with all the latest information on the snow storm, including cancellations. Post your cancellations in the comments.

Update, 5 p.m., Feb. 11

Snow banks are high and may obstruct sight lines at intersections, so Public Works officials urge residents to edge out into the roads and to drive more slowly.

To read the full update, click on the link provided.

Update, 8:04 p.m., Feb. 10

Avon Public schools will be closed Monday. Staff is asked to report at the usual time.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked that non-essential state employees stay home Monday while storm clean-up from the weekend blizzard continues.

“Getting streets clear and making them safer for everyone is a priority, so I am asking nonessential state employees to stay home tomorrow,” Malloy said in a press release Sunday afternoon. “I understand that everyone wants to get back to normal as quickly as possible. Crews are working around the clock to accomplish that goal. But the last thing we need at this point is a typical morning rush hour commute. Traffic build-up will only delay the effort to clear our roads."

Update, 10:18 a.m., Feb. 10

Avon's Department of Public Works is focusing on clearing the travel lanes so roads are passable by two vehicles. The plow drivers will be out all day and into the evening, so town officials ask for patience.

For more information on road conditions or what's open or closed Sunday in the blizzard aftermath, click on the links provided.

Update, 4:57 p.m., Feb. 9

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Saturday that the traffic ban would expire at 4 p.m., however he is still encouraging Connecticut residents to stay off the roads.

Avon Master Pizza has reopened, according to owner Svat Tasdan, who lives within walking distance of his pizza restaurant.

Is your restaurant or business opening Saturday evening or are you staying closed until Sunday or Monday? Tell us in the comments!

Update, 2:30 p.m., Feb. 9

The Avon Big Y is open Saturday and will reopen regular hours Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Update, 1:59 p.m., Feb. 9

If you attend Church of Saint Ann in Avon, here's a note from the Archdiocese of Hartford about putting safety before Mass Sunday and information on where you can watch a broadcasted Mass.

Update, 1:19 p.m., Feb. 9

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a press conference this afternoon that the storm clean-up could take a number of days.

For more information on the press conference, click on the link provided.

Update, 10:54 a.m., Feb. 9

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has banned traffic on all Connecticut roads, including local ones, for non-emergency vehicles.

Avon has about 24 inches of snow and there were limited power disuptions overnight, according to town officials. Public Works employees worked overnight making roads "passable" for emergency vehicles. Fire officials remind residents to keep heating system external exhaust vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

To read the latest updates from Avon town officials on the storm, click on the link provided. Upload your storm photos here.

Update, 5:02 p.m., Feb. 8

The Avon Big Y closed at 5 p.m. Friday due to the snow storm and will reopen Saturday at 11 a.m, according to Mark Zimkiewicz, store director.

Avon Medical Group announced on Twitter that it has also closed for the rest of the day.

Avon library will also be closed Saturday.

Update, 10:33 a.m., Feb. 8

Avon emergency officials continue to monitor the weather forecasts.

The Avon Police Department "will have extra staff" and the Avon Volunteer Fire Department "will be staffing stations beginning afternoon," Emergency Management Director James DiPace wrote in an email to Patch Friday.

Original Story

It's 9 a.m. and the snow has started to fall rapidly in Avon and surrounding towns.

Some cancellations and closures have already been announced as a possible blizzard approaches. Schools, Town Hall and the Avon Free Public Library are closed Friday. The Avon Landfill won't be open on Saturday. The Town Council's annual budget workshop scheduled for Feb. 9 has also been canceled.

The state's emergency operation center opened at 9 a.m. Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy previously announced. He and Avon town officials are advising people to stay off the roads if possible and non-essential state employees were excused from work on Friday.

The blizzard warning that the National Weather Service issued Thursday is in effect until Saturday at 1 p.m. and a hazardous weather outlook has also been issued. The weather service is calling the storm potentially historic and is now anticipating as much as 3 feet of snow accumulating come Saturday.

Read about how Avon is preparing for the storm and winter storm preparation tips by clicking on the link provided.

Beverly Miller February 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I hope there is an answer or advice to address my question. I am disabled, live alone and have a gas furnace vented to the outside. I cannot clear the snow myself and no one could get here to do it for me. Is it possible to reconfigure the vent somehow? Any suggestions are appreciated. I did have a problem yesterday when the furnace shut off for a few hours. Somehow, it came back on and is still ok.
Jessie Sawyer February 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Is there someone on your street you can call to clear it?
Pam February 11, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Thank you for doing a good job in clearing the roads!
Deborah February 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM
jessie, what do you do about a neighbor who has NOT dug out their fire hydrant?? If there was ever a fire in my area we wwould be in trouble> It is now Wed. and they still have not cleared it out!! WHO DO i CALL TO REPORT THIS?
Jessie Sawyer February 14, 2013 at 01:24 AM
The town said residents would be doing them a favor if they could shovel their neighbors' hydrants out if they can't get to them. Did you ask your neighbor? You could probably call the town manager's office or the PD routine number for advice.

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