NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered non-essential state workers to stay home as the second snow storm in Connecticut this week prompted schools and colleges to close, and postponed the governor’s annual State of the State address.
The governor urged private employers to follow the state’s lead and let some workers stay home. He also ordered a soft ban on tandem tractor trailers in Connecticut.
Major highways that were covered in snow have been plowed out, but tough driving conditions linger, and some local roads were still waiting to be plowed by municipal trucks. Cities and towns instituted parking bans so the snow could be cleared from the streets.
“The accumulating snow has ended but we could see some snow and freezing rain showers later today that might cause slick roads,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Sam Kantrow said.
CTTransit delayed the start of their operations in the morning, and riders were advised to expect delays.
The storm started out as snow, then switched over to sleet/freezing rain. Some parts of the state have seen the precipitation come to a stop.
At Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, more than 100 flights were cancelled because of the weather, but the airport itself remained open.
Gov. Dannel Malloy activated the state’s emergency operations center to monitor conditions overnight and throughout the day. He spoke to reporters at 8:00 a.m., and scheduled another briefing at 5:00 p.m.
State and municipal plow trucks were out in force to clear the snow. The state had all 632 trucks, plus private contractors, working the highways.
Utility crews were also on alert to respond to any power outages caused by the storm, but power outages were not a major issue so far. As of 8:30 a.m. there were only 19 for Connecticut Light & Power and zero for United Illuminating.
For some educators, there was no last minute decision on when to close. They announced Tuesday night schools would be closed on Wednesday.