Governor Orders Early Release of State Employees

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 2:29 PM EDT
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Governor Orders Early Release of State Employees

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Snow made for tough travel on I-84 in Hartford on Thursday afternoon.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered the early release of state employees as the state prepared for heavier snow on Thursday evening.

The dismissals were scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and continue in 15-minute intervals, according to a release from Malloy's office.

"Given the impending snow and the severe cold, I've asked all executive agencies to enact their early dismissal plans," Malloy said in a statement.

He also urged private sector companies to let employees leave early to help ease what could be a difficult evening rush hour.

A light snow has been falling throughout the day on Thursday, but the heaviest snow was not expected to fall until after sundown.

In past snowstorms, rush-hour traffic has made it difficult for state Department of Transportation plows to clear highways.

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