Gov. Dannel Malloy has activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday for a storm that’s expected to drop as much as a foot of snow in some parts of the state.
The governor also announced that non-essential first and second-shift state employees should not report to work Thursday.
The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are forecasting a high impact storm with significant snowfall and strong winds. Snowfall totals are expected to be 8-12 statewide.
Winter storm warnings have been issued for the entire state.
The Department of Transportation has 634 state trucks and another 200 private contractors ready to respond to this storm. There are also 17 industrial snowblowers prepared to help clearing efforts.
The state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol was already in effect due to a stretch of below-freezing temperatures. That protocol directs state agencies to coordinate services during extreme cold. A list of available shelters and warming centers can be found by calling 211 or visiting www.211ct.org.