WATCH LIVE: Blizzard of 2013 Coverage

Friday, Feb 8, 2013  |  Updated 11:54 AM EDT
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Snow began falling in Connecticut Friday morning as a major winter storm moved into Connecticut, bringing possible blizzard conditions with it. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy planned to declare a state of emergency Friday afternoon.

Most of inland Connecticut will see 15 inches of snow or more. 

There will likely be some 20+ inch amounts, especially in the hills of Tolland and Windham counties. The top snowstorm record is 24 inches on Jan. 12, 2011.

The shore might experience a period of mixing, which will keep totals in the range of 10 to 15 inches.

The peak of the snow will be on Friday evening, with blizzard conditions likely.

Malloy said state roads would be subject to closure as early as noon.

Criteria for a blizzard include sustained wind or frequent gusts over 35 miles per hour for three hours or more, visibility below a quarter mile, white-out conditions, heavy snow and temperatures in the 20s.

The storm will slowly wind down on Saturday morning, but some snow could linger through the early afternoon.

Winter storm watches/blizzard watches are in effect from late Thursday night through Saturday morning. You can view them here.

See the full forecast here.

Track tonight's snow on the radar here.

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