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Stratford Public Schools Closed Friday, Jan. 3

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. Friday.

Snow is heading this way, forecasters say. Credit: Patch File Photo
Snow is heading this way, forecasters say. Credit: Patch File Photo
Updated 10 p.m. Thursday

As the snow continues to fall, the call was made Thursday night to close Stratford public schools on Friday, Jan. 3.

All full-year staff will have a two-hour delay, according to a message on the Stratford Board of Education's website (linked above).

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Posted Wednesday night

Scroll down for information on the parking ban in Stratford.

The holiday season may be over — but winter itself still has several weeks of snow, ice and frigid temps up its sleeve for those of us living here along the shoreline.

Case in point: The National Weather Service (NWS) has just issued a Winter Storm Warning for Stratford, as well as much of the rest of the region.

The warning goes into effect Thursday morning at 4 a.m. and continues through to early Friday afternoon.

During that time, Stratford and the shoreline region will receive a total accumulation of some 6 to 10 inches of snow.

According to the NWS: "Up to one inch of snow is forecasted through the morning rush hour followed by a lull through most of the day on Thursday.

"The most significant period of snow will redevelop by Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning."

"Near blizzard conditions" are possible as winds gust up to 35 mph, limiting visibility at times to one-quarter to one-half a mile, the NWS warns.

Additionally, wind chills could dip below 0 degrees Thursday night into Friday. Here's the local extended forecast from the NWS:

Thursday
: Snow. High near 26. Blustery, with a northeast wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday night
: Snow. Low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -4. Windy, with a north wind 23 to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Friday
: Snow, mainly before 11 a.m. High near 18. Wind chill values as low as -6. Windy, with a northwest wind 16 to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday night
: Partly cloudy, with a low around 2. North wind 8 to 11 mph.

Saturday
: Sunny, with a high near 25.

Saturday night
: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

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Parking ban in effect

To better clear the roads, the town has issued a parking ban.

Residents are asked to park off the street where possible and on the even side of the street on Thursday and the odd side of the street on Friday, per alternative side of the street parking rules.

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