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Danbury Winter Storm Hercules Hub Article (No School Friday)

Danbury Patch will post updates to this "hub" article throughout Winter Storm Hercules, including how things are going in town and links to separate storm articles published on the site.

UPDATE: 8:03 a.m. Department of Motor Vehicle offices statewide will open at 9:30 a.m. Friday. There will be no driving tests today. Department of Motor Vehicles offices statewide will open at 9:30 a.m. today. Offices are fully operational.


DMV learner's permit knowledge test appointments will begin at 10:15 a.m. today.

DMV has CANCELED ALL ROAD TESTS for today. 

Customers are advised to check the DMV website at ct.gov/dmv for any updates.

UPDATE: 5:38 a.m. Friday: Metro North is running a SATURDAY train schedule today. Check this link for specific information. 

UPDATE: 7:29 P.M. DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FRIDAY.

UPDATE: 5 p.m. Southeast-Brewster patch report Gov. Cuomo closed I-84 to trucks at 5 p.m. New York Governor asked residents to stay off the roads.

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UPDATE: 4:03 p.m. Danbury issued a Level 1 snow emergency as of 6 p.m. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the city can expect between 6 to 10 inches of show. Boughton asked residents to move their car off the street, and shovel their sidewalk.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. This is the newest update from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. The department is cancelling all learner's permit test appointments scheduled before 10:15 a.m. Friday (January 3) due to the winter storm. The first test appointments will be taken at 10:15 a.m. Friday to ensure safe road conditions.  Customers with canceled appointments will be sent an e-mail notification with instructions on how to reschedule online.

DMV is also cancelling ALL ROAD TESTS for tomorrow Friday. The cancellation is due to expected inclement weather and poor road conditions. Anyone with a scheduled road test can call DMV to choose a new date. The numbers to call are 860-263-5700 if someone is within the Hartford area and toll-free 800-842-8222 for those outside the Hartford area. DMV is also attempting to contact customers with road test appointments to advise them of the schedule change.

DMV offices statewide closed at 3 p.m. Thursday due to inclement weather and poor road conditions. Customers are advised to check the DMV website at ct.gov/dmv for the most immediate updates, office locations and hours of operation.

UPDATE: 3:41 p.m. The state Judicial Department has alerted all jurors scheduled to show up on Friday to not show up. "Due to the impending storm, all jurors scheduled to appear in a state courthouse on Friday, January 3, 2014, should not report." For the official announcement, click here.

UPDATE: 3 p.m. All Department of Motor Vehicle offices closed at 3 p.m.

UPDATE: 3 p.m. Danbury Town Hall and the Danbury Public Library are both open and workers expect they will close at their regularly scheduled time, unless the storm worsens. The library closed at 5 p.m. and its website urges people thinking about visiting on Friday to call to check hours. DanburyCity Hall is closed Friday, because it is always closed on Fridays. 

UPDATE: 2:29 P.M.: Western Connecticut State University will close Thursday at 4 p.m. and it will remain closed Friday.

UPDATE: 2 p.m. The state Department of Motor Vehicles cancelled all road tests for Thursday and Friday. 

Anyone with a scheduled road test can call DMV to choose a new date. The numbers to call are 860-263-5700 if someone is within the Hartford area and toll-free 800-842-8222 for those outside the Hartford area. DMV is also attempting to contact customers with road test appointments to advise them of the schedule change.

UPDATE: 1:42 p.m. Today at 5:00 p.m., Governor Dannel P. Malloy will hold a news briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Hartford to provide updates on the state’s preparations for tonight’s forecasted winter storm and severe cold outbreak.  The Governor is also partially activating the EOC beginning at 4:00 p.m.

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Light snow fell across Fairfield County Thursday, as an early morning dusting and the threat of more to come was enough to close Danbury schools after half a day. Tonight the National Weather Service is predicting near-blizzard-like conditions and the potential for up to 10 inches of snow into Friday.

A Winter Storm Warning and Coastal Flood Advisory have been issued by the National Weather Service, (NWS,) and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the storm, which has been dubbed Winter Storm Hercules. We will post breaking news about Winter Storm Hercules' impact on Danbury Thursday and Friday.

Danbury Schools closed Thursday after a half-day of classes. For the latest information about the Danbury Public Schools weather decisions, click here.

The state Department of Transportation operates traffic cameras on I-84 in Danbury, including this one eastbound at Exit 4. Here is the I-84 camera westbound at Exit 6.

The state of Connecticuct also alerted drivers that as of Dec. 31, drivers of commercial motor vehicles, passenger cars and small trucks are all required to remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or face fines ranging from $75 to $1,250.

The law, Public Act No. 10-182, An Act Concerning The Removal of Snow and Ice From Motor Vehicles, reads in part:

"The operator of any motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1 of the general statutes, shall remove any accumulated ice or snow from such motor vehicle, including the hood, trunk and roof of such motor vehicle, so that any ice or snow accumulated on such vehicle does not pose a threat to persons or property while the vehicle is being operated on any street or highway of this state."

The law does not apply if your vehicle is parked or if the snow and ice accumulated on your vehicle while you were driving in a storm.

Semmas January 03, 2014 at 10:14 AM
How in the heck are you supposed to get all the snow and ice off the top of your car if you have a large SUV? I'd like to see how someone gets the snow off the top of a tractor trailer? Are they supposed to literally climb up on top of it and brush it off? This is ridiculous - the nanny state once again abusing their authority.
Norma January 03, 2014 at 04:59 PM
I have a wonderful product called a "SNO-BRUM"

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