Update 9:56 a.m.:
The nor'easter Athena dumped three or four inches of snow in town, and is expected to give us wind gusts of up to 41 mph, but right now the electrical grid is holding up perfectly in Darien.
"The strong coastal storm that buffeted the Northeast with wind, rain, snow, and coastal flooding will lose its grip on the region today, with lessening storm impacts," according to a statement today by the National Weather Service. "Over a foot of snow fell in parts of Connecticut with other areas receiving wind gusts to 50 mph and minor to moderate coastal flooding."
Here's the most recent (5:38 a.m.) weather service's Darien-specific forecast for Thursday through Saturday:
- Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.
- Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph.
- Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
- Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.
- Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Mother Nature traded in the wind we were expecting for several inches of snowfall instead.
The result: As of 9:18 a.m., there are no customers without power in Darien. Repeat: Not one customer currently has lost power. Nada. None. Not a single one. Take a look at the Connecticut Light & Power outage map attached to this article. Darien is something like a doughnut hole around communities where 1 to 10 percent of customers lost power.
Kinda looks pretty, too.
Meteorology, that spectacularly inexact science, had predicted no snow accumulation for the southwestern Connecticut coastline, but wind gusts as high as 55 mph in Darien and perhaps 60 mph elsewhere in the region.
It didn't seem extremely windy overnight, and while there is evidence of some some snow-laden branches down (see the attached pictures), apparently the high wind gusts avoided us.
Darien Schools were delayed 90 minutes due to the weather.