Snow is coming down; Malloy to declare state of emergency

 

The major winter storm expected to impact the Northeast and New England Friday into Saturday began this morning about 8 a.m. in Fairfield.

 

As much as 1 to 2 feet of snow is forecast from the New York City metro area to Maine, with localized heavier amounts possible. This, in addition to wind gusts as high as 60-75 mph, will create significant impacts to transportation and power. Coastal flooding is also possible from Boston northward.

 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will declare a state of emergency in preparation for the coming blizzard, which is anticipated to heavily impact the state Friday and Saturday. In addition, Malloy announced that limited access highways may be subject to closure as early as noon.He is asking all residents to limit nonessential travel.

 

“People need to take this storm seriously,” Malloy said. “If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear. Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.”

 

A Declaration of Emergency provides the governor with a number of emergency powers, including the ability to modify or suspend any state statute, regulation, or requirement (for example: altering work hours, waiving licensing requirements, etc.); the ability to order civil preparedness forces into action; and the ability to designate vehicle and person routes and movements.

 

Power companies UI and CL&P are staffing up their information centers all across the state. Some workers will stay at hotels so they do not have to travel home at night. Line crews and tree crews are coming in from out of state.

 

The predicted severity of the winter storm will require Metro-North to change its scheduled service, the railroad announced. “These changes are in anticipation of providing the best service to ensure your safety,” read a statement from Metro-North.

 

There will be extra trains during the early afternoon to help customers return home. This schedule will result in reduced service during the evening peak. Train combinations and cancellations are possible at any time, but increase in likelihood as the evening progresses to prevent trains from becoming stranded during the storm. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/S5Cxrf

 

Today the forecast is snow all day with high temperature near 34, breezy, with a northeast wind 11 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible.

 

Tonight the snow could be heavy at times with a low around 22, blustery, with a north wind around 25 mph and gusts as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is possible.

 

On Saturday, snow is likely, mainly before 1 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Blustery, a north wind of 20 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph is forecast. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 8 and wind chill values as low as -6. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, gusts could be as high as 31 mph.

 

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

 

Sunday night there is a slight chance of snow showers, partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 


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