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Growing Nor'easter Brings Snow, Flooding To Bridgeport

The nor'easter turns Harbor Avenue in Bridgeport into a winter wonderland on Saturday.
The nor'easter turns Harbor Avenue in Bridgeport into a winter wonderland on Saturday. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Flood waters recede in a cove off Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport on Saturday.
Flood waters recede in a cove off Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport on Saturday. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Residents hunkered down Saturday as a blizzard pummeled Bridgeport, bringing several inches of drifting snow and coastal flooding by midday.

Due to the bad weather conditions, Greater Bridgeport Transit bus services, including fixed route bus and GBT Access services, were suspended at 12:50 p.m.

Riders can check gogbt.com for updates as the storm progresses and during cleanup.

All Bridgeport Public Library branches closed at noon.

Bridgeport continues to monitor the track of the snowstorm, which may last into Sunday, according to Bridgeport Emergency Director Scott Appleby.

By Saturday morning, the storm track had shifted more to the north and Bridgeport was on the top fringe of the nor-easter, he said. A blizzard warning was issued for the area.

Appleby expected winds to be a factor Saturday, as well as moderate coastline flooding at high tides.

The morning forecasts showed a range of snow from 8 to 14 inches for the region with 6 to 12 inches predicted for Bridgeport. Even higher amounts are possible, Appleby said.

The storm was expected to decrease in intensity from 9 p.m. Saturday into early Sunday morning.

Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph were blowing, with gust up of to 38 mph. The wind chill temperatures will remain in the 10- to 15-degree range into Sunday.

A Snow Emergency is in effect Saturday and throughout Sunday across Bridgeport. No parking is allowed on any designated snow emergency streets. All vehicles parked on secondary roadways should be on the odd side of the street until further notice.

In addition, any contractor observed pushing snow into any city street will be subject to a $100 fine.

The following parking lots are available during the snow emergency:

• Surface parking lots across the street from the Ballpark at Harbor Yard

• North End Library, 3455 Madison Ave.

• Veterans Memorial Park (entrance off Madison Avenue)

• Municipal Parking Lot located on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Jetland Street (adjacent to 2895 Fairfield Ave.)

• Health Department at 752 E. Main St.

• Lot adjacent to the former Waltersville School, 95 Gilmore St.

• All City Schools

For more storm-related information or concerns, contact the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center by calling 203-579-3829 or 203-576-1311 or contacting Bridgeport EOC on Facebook or @BRIDGEPORTEOC on Twitter.

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