Published February 03. 2014 6:00AM Updated February 03. 2014 3:01PM
A winter storm that is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of snow by the time it exits the state later this evening has closed all area schools.
The following school districts are closed today: Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme-Old Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Stonington, and Waterford.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m., meaning there will be periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain that will make traveling very difficult.
OTHER CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS
Groton: The Board of Education's public hearing to discuss the 2014-15 school budget has been postponed from tonight to Thursday evening.
The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, and board members will then participate in a budget work session.
Graner said that the budget proposal is not yet final, but he expects to maintain all current services, staffing and programs.
Lyme: The Lyme Public Library is closed today due to the weather. The library was scheduled to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of its opening its doors to the public today. The celebration will be postponed until Tuesday.
New London: The city has canceled the finance committee, special council and city council meetings scheduled for Monday night.
The Finance Committee meeting is rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The presentation that was the subject of a special council meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.
Stonington: Town Hall will close at noon.
Norwich: A parking ban took effect at 8:30 a.m. The police department is reminding drivers that city regulations prohibit parking on the odd side of city streets during snowstorms and snow removal. In addition, cars may not be parked on either side of the following streets due to their narrowness:
Old Cemetery Lane; North Cliff Street; Shetucket Avenue; Terrace Avenue; Fourth Street from Prospect Street to Gilmour Street; Fifth Street, from Prospect Street to Page Street; Lake Street; Pond Street; Freeman Avenue; Boswell Avenue, from Lake Street to Arnold Street; Sunnyside Avenue (Laurel Hill section); Fairmont Street, from #16 to School Street; Carter Avenue; Fountain Street, from #16 to School Street; Summer Street; Center Street; and Quarry Street.
Violators may be fined $25 and the towing fee.
Property owners must also remove all snow, sleet and ice from their sidewalks within 12 hours of the storm or six hours after sunrise if the storm is overnight, according to city ordinance.
Old Lyme: A parking ban will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday on Lyme Street and Ferry Road.