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02/12/2017

Gov. Malloy Provides Winter Storm Update

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy issued the following update on today’s winter storm. Presently the Governor has not activated the Emergency Operations Center, however the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to monitor the storm and the Governor’s office, state agencies, and municipalities remain in continuous communication.

“We continue to monitor this latest round of winter weather, emergency management officials are in routine contact with the National Weather Service to get the latest forecast and potential impacts to Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “Travel could become difficult during the afternoon hours. If you must travel, motorists are reminded to take it slow and allow for plenty of braking distance between themselves and the vehicles in front of them.”

The current snowfall forecast is calling for 1 to 3 inches along the coast, 2 to 4 inches in southern Connecticut, 4 to 6 inches in the Hartford area and 6 to 8 inches in northern Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has 634 plow trucks clearing the roads. The work of clearing the storm in time for the morning commute is expected to be easier as a result of the weekend timing of snow.

If motorist need to travel this afternoon they are reminded of their winter weather driving skills:

  • Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle
  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
  • Don't pass snowplow trucks
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car
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