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Bridgeport Should Weather Incoming Ice Storm, Ganim Says

Scott Appleby, director of Bridgeport's Emergency Operations Center, (right), shows Mayor Joseph P. Ganim the latest wether predictions for an overnight storm.
Scott Appleby, director of Bridgeport's Emergency Operations Center, (right), shows Mayor Joseph P. Ganim the latest wether predictions for an overnight storm. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Meteorologists are forecasting a minor overnight storm, and Mayor Joseph P. Ganim met with the media Monday afternoon to let residents know the city is prepared for the winter ahead.

“This is the first potential storm of the year, but it looks like, hopefully, a fading storm,” Ganim said, while meeting with officials at the city’s Emergency Operations Center on North Washington Avenue. “But let’s be proactive.”

Scott Appleby, the center’s director, said crews were out pretreating some of the city’s hilly areas, as well as emergency streets and the areas around the two hospitals.

Though the pavement was above freezing Monday, Appleby expected winds of 10 to 15 mph and a wind chill of 20 to 25, which could cause isolated areas of black ice during the night.

Appleby expected possible Tuesday morning delays for commuters, but said it should be a fairly routine day. Schools are closed for the week, so students won’t be affected.

The mayor told residents who experience any storm-related issues to call the Emergency Operations Center at 203-579-3829.

Staffers at the center were monitoring reports from the National Weather Service as well as Connecticut and local meteorological services, Appleby said. The city’s sand and salt supplies are in good shape, he said.

“We’re on top of this,” he said. “We’re tracking this storm.”

If anything, the storm will be good practice for newer staffers who haven’t weathered the many storms he has seen in his 21 years with the city.

The unseasonably warm temperatures in December are a far cry from the 77 inches of snow the city experienced last winter, he said. Asked to predict what January and February might bring, he said it’s hard to see that far in advance.

“If I knew, I’d go to Mohegan,” he joked of the casino.

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