'Big storm' was not so bad

Town roads were typically wet and a bit slushy at 5:30 this morning. This is Olmstead Lane.

A nor’easter that threatened high winds, heavy snow, and power outages turned out “not so bad” in Ridgefield Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Ridgefield stayed below the heavy-snow line, and wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph never materialized as the storm moved through Fairfield County.

This morning all power is on in town.

Roads are mostly wet and/or slushy, but with a temperature of 34 degrees, few are icy.

About five inches of snow fell before the precipitation changed to rain last night.

Town crews have been plowing since early this mornining.

The Ridgefield Academy weather station on West Mountain recorded a high gust of 39 mph early this morning, but very few power failures were reported here or in Connecticut.

At 5:30 this morning, only a handful of Connecticut towns had outages, involving only 469 customers — most in the east half of the state.

The storm caused some travel problems Wednesday evening. A sizable traffic jam formed along Danbury Road between the Irving station and Route 7 as cars became stuck on icy surfaces along the two hills there. Traffic rerouted across Haviland Road to Route 7.

Around 7 last night, a car slammed into a utility pole on the “Pope’s Corner” curve of Ridgebury Road, splitting the pole, and sending wires and a streetlight down onto the pavement.

The live wires were also atop the car, and the driver remained trapped inside the vehicle until CL&P arrived more than an hour later to shut off the electricity.

The woman was not injured, and the road was closed for nearly two hours.

Perhaps a highlight of the storm occurred around 5:30 when, during heavy snowfall, motorists reported seeing a man dressed only in boxer shorts jogging down Route 35, West Lane.

The forecast for today is for a few more possible rain showers, then cloudy by late morning and clearing by evening, with a high in the mid-30s.

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