The first snowstorm of the season came early and hit hard, dropping seven inches of snow in Ridgefield late Thursday, Nov. 15, and into the early hours of Friday, Nov. 16. Temperatures did not rise as they were expected to Friday morning, and the frigid weather has produced two to three more inches of snow in some areas.

Town highway crews were still clearing roads early Friday morning and the public school district had called for a three-hour delay. That decision has been changed to a cancellation as of 8:30 a.m., with roads still in bad condition and more than a dozen downed trees around town.

Fifteen vehicles were reportedly abandoned on town roads Thursday night, and multiple accidents were reported. No accidents have been reported Friday morning.

The conditions of the town's three major roadways — Route 35, Route 7, and Route 102 — were all reported as poor Thursday night. All three experienced accidents, heavy traffic, and abandoned vehicles. Route 33 was reported as a "sheet of ice."

The storm damaged snow plow trucks and police cruisers. One plow was reported broken late Thursday night and a police officer reported a broken windshield wiper caused by the storm.

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