As a winter storm of potentially "historic" proportions blows into town today, here's what's open, what's closed, and what's postponed. If you know of other early closings or postponed events, please add them in the comments!
Schools Are Closed
- All East Lyme Schools are closed and all after school activities have been cancelled. East Lyme Public School's Central Office will be open.
- All Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are closed as is the central office. Although the district's web site doesn't mention after-school activities, it's probably safe to assume they're all cancelled too.
Government Offices Closed
- Lyme Town Hall and Old Lyme Town Hall close at noon today.
- Governor Dannel P. Malloy is asking nonessential state employees to stay home on Friday in advance of the coming blizzard. However, evening and midnight shift employees should report to work as normal on Friday.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles' offices statewide will be closed Friday; officials will determine after the storm hits whether to open offices on Saturday for the usual morning hours. For information regarding DMV operations, please visit ct.gov/dmv or call 800-842-8222.
Travel and Parking Ban
- East Lyme has instituted a street parking ban, effective at 6 a.m. today until 8 a.m. Sunday to allow for snow and ice removal. People can park overnight in all town lots.
- A parking ban is in effect in Old Lyme from noon on Friday until the storm ends. The parking ban is for Lyme Street, as well as Ferry Road, from Lyme St. to Route 156.
- Gov. Malloy is planning to close roads this afternoon. High winds, heavy snow, and potential white-out conditions will make traveling extremely hazardous today. State police are urging everyone to stay off the roads as much as possible.
- Metro-North has changed its schedule due to the storm, adding extra trains early in the afternoon to help people get home but reducing service in the afternoon peak time. Find details here.
- Regional bus services provided by SEAT makes its last run today at 1 p.m. with plans to stop service on Friday at 2 p.m. Service is expect to resume on Saturday Feb. 9 at noon but that will depend on the weather.
- The 9 Town Transit will end all service at 2:30 p.m. today. There will be no service on Saturday, February 9. Service will resume a regular schedule on Monday, February 11.
- Bradley International Airport is suspending all commercial airline traffic as of 1:30 p.m. Friday and flights are not expected to resume until mid-to-late morning on Saturday. The airport will remain open as long as airport personnel are not in harms way. Passengers are encouraged to contact their specific airline for flight information via the airline's website, Facebook or Twitter.
- New London's Cross Sound Ferry has suspended services due to high winds.
- The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic is closed today and Saturday. Saturday's Stories Galore event will be rescheduled at a later date.
- The Skate for Babies March of Dimes fundraiser originally planned for February 9 has been postponed until Saturday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
- The High Hopes Chili Open House in Old Lyme has been postponed from February 9 to February 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- The Anniversary Party for Emma the Cat at Lyme Public Library has been postponed from February 9 to February 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission previously scheduled for Friday, February 8, has been postponed due to the pending snowstorm. The meeting will be rescheduled to Friday, February 15 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Closed for Business
- The Black Sheep in Niantic will be closed today.
- The Transfer Station in Old Lyme will not open on Saturday if the storm hits.
- Report power outages to CL&P: 800-286-2000 or online at www.cl-p.com/stormcenter. Call 911 to report downed wires and stay at least 10 feet away from the wire.
- If you're using a generator, make sure it's properly connected and never run a generator inside a building!