June 29, 2022

Around 18 Inches of Snow Blanket Lyme, Old Lyme

On Saturday, Jess Talerico, co-owner of the new Old Lyme Hardware (formerly Christiansen’s), took the snow in her stride. She relaxed for a few minutes outside the store on the Old Lyme Marketplace sipping a drink under a sun umbrella to give her shelter from the storm.

LYME/OLD LYME — Somewhere between 16 and 18 inches of snow fell on Lyme and Old Lyme during Saturday’s nor’easter leaving a white wonderland in its wake.

Snow measurements we have received from residents suggest between 16 and 18 inches fell in the Lymes. Photo by J. Talerico.

Roads were almost deserted in our towns at the height of the storm.

A snow plow begins the monumental task of clearing Old Lyme Marketplace. Photo by J. Talerico.

Despite the strong winds and significant amount of snow, it does not appear that any residents lost power.

More than 16 inches of snow fell in Old Lyme, where this photo was taken. Photo by L. Hautaniemi.

Crews are working diligently to clear the roads and a number of vehicular accidents have been reported.

A town-wide parking ban remains in effect in Old Lyme through 12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. Move any vehicles on the street into a driveway so the streets can be safely plowed.

Both Lyme and Old Lyme Congregational Churches have moved their Sunday, Jan. 30 services to Zoom only. Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme has cancelled its 8:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Here are some general rules to follow as you start to dig out from the storm:

  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Use generators outside only.
  • Stay indoors and  dress warmly.
  • Prepare for  power outages.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Travel will be hazardous. Stay off the roads as much as possible.
  • Your cell phone will be an important tool during this emergency — make sure it is charged.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and call 911 to report them.
  • Exposure to cold temperatures and sustained winds will contribute to hypothermia and dehydration. If you go outside, dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves. Remove wet clothing as soon as you are back indoors.
  • If there is a fire hydrant on or near your property, please help by keeping it clear for emergency use.
  • Call 911 to report all emergency situations.

Snow was no problem for this dog. Photo by Beth Sullivan.

Dogs and other four-legged animals can have fun in the snow but be sure to keep a keen eye on them to prevent them from getting caught in drifting snow or staying outside in the frigid temperatures for too long

Blitz decided digging in the snow was the order of the day for him! Photo by Beth Sullivan.