Bracing for the next big storm

snow fall map Wednesday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With another winter storm poised to strike Connecticut early tomorrow morning, residents, businesses, and state and local governments will be getting ready for another snow day.

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for all of Connecticut, except for New London County, beginning at midnight and continuing until Friday morning.

Governor Malloy has ordered a delayed opening for state offices until 10 AM tomorrow for nonessential state employees.

LINK: Watch Malloy’s full brief on storm preparations

All state courts and judicial branch offices will also open at 10 AM.

“The latest model runs show more snow for the northwestern corner. I’ve increased totals for part of Litchfield county to 12-14 inches possible. Even though we will see a wintery mix, we do have a lot of cold air at the service which means that snow is likely to stick around due to the cold temperatures,” said Meteorologist Erika Martin.

UConn campuses will be delayed until 10 AM. All classes that are scheduled before will be canceled.

LINK: Full List of Closings

The Emergency Operations Center will open at 6 AM.

Watch and Warning areas for the Feb. 13 winter storm.
Watch and Warning areas for the Feb. 13 winter storm.

“This is going to be one of those 24 hour storms,” Storm Team 8 meteorologist Gil Simmons said.

Up to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected to fall. Schools will likely close, giving students another day off from classes.

“The first flakes will be falling by this time tomorrow,” Simmons said, and it looks to end around 4:00 a.m. on Friday.

LINK: Storm Team 8 Forecast

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.

“Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous,” the NWS alert said. “Only travel in an emergency.  If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

LINK: Many towns running out of salt for roads

Plans are already being made by some agencies, utilities, and organizations ahead of the storm.

CL&P and UI crews have returned from Pennsylvania so they are fully staffed if we lose power during the storm.

Connecticut Light & Power says the storm could post a threat to power lines and its equipment. “The company will activate its emergency response plan tomorrow morning and will have crews standing by across the state,” CL&P said in a statement.

Several public hearings and events at the state Capitol have been postponed because of the storm, including confirmation hearings for two nominees for the Malloy administration.

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Judicial Branch announced via Twitter that “All jurors scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014, are cancelled because of the inclement weather that is forecast.”

LINK: WXedge.com

Bradley Airport has canceled 70 total flights so far but that number is  expected to go up.

AMTRAK will operate on a modified schedule tomorrow to minimize travel on the east coast. For the modified schedule, click here.

There is a parking ban in downtown New Haven and snow routes that begins at midnight and will continue until 6 AM Friday.

LINK: Metro-North to curtail service in winter storm

All the cities public libraries and homeless shelters in New Haven are also available as warming centers.

LINK: List of Parking Bans

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