What to Know
- Storm lasts through Thursday morning. Expect the brunt of the storm from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
- The snow total estimate is up to 18 inches in northwestern Connecticut, totals less as you move across the state to the southeastern corner
- This is a high-impact storm that will bring snow, rain and high winds.
A high-impact coastal storm is pulling away from Connecticut after a majority of the state was hit with heavy, wet snow on Wednesday.
The storm closed hundreds of schools and businesses Wednesday, with some schools announcing closures and delays for Thursday.b
YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST
Parts of western Connecticut saw more than a foot of snow while the central parts of the state saw anywhere from 5 to 10" with the least amount of accumulation in eastern Connecticut.
Winds only gusted up to 30 mph, but with the heavy and wet nature of the snow, power lines and tree branches have been causing thousands of power outages across the state.
Malloy announced he is partially activating the state's Emergency Operations Center at 11 a.m.
Some large companies in the state are encouraging employees from home today because of the storm.
Malloy is sending all nonessential state employees home early and dismissals will be staggered in 15-minute intervals, beginning at noon.
The Connecticut Judicial Branch is closing all courthouses and administrative offices at 1 p.m. Wednesday because of the snow.
PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES
AAA Allied Group closed at 3 p.m. in Avon, Cromwell, Enfield, Manchester, Old Saybrook, Plainville, Waterford and West Hartford, so there will be no DMV service.
Westfarms Mall closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday because of the weather.
The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor closed at 1 p.m.
Aetna closed its corporate office in Hartford at noon and the company encouraged people to work from home if they are able to do so.
Travelers is also encouraging employees to work from home because of the storm.
UnitedHealthcare's Hartford office is closed today. Company officials said the large majority of employees have the capability to work from home and will do so.
The roads are open, but the governor is urging drivers to stay off them because travel will be treacherous.
CT Transit will operate as long as it is safe. As conditions deteriorate, service closing decisions will be made.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles canceled all road skills tests for Wednesday.
Tractor-trailers have been banned in New York on Interstate 84, from the Connecticut state line to the Pennsylvania state line, according to Gov. Cuomo's office. New York State Police troopers will enforce the ban and could ticket any drivers in violation.
State police said as of 7:30 p.m., they had responded to 104 accidents and 197 motorist assist calls.
Bradley International Airport said around 55 percent of flights were canceled as of 4 p.m., and there are some delays as well. Passengers scheduled to travel today should check with the airline before heading to the airport. You can also check the Bradley Airport website.
Amtrak Northeast Regional and Acela Express service will operate on a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor, between Washington, DC and Boston, Wednesday and Thursday. Amtrak's Keystone Service and Empire Service are also operating on a modified schedule. A number of trains have already been canceled for Thursday.
Amtrak Shuttle Service between New Haven and Springfield will continue to operate as scheduled.
In a statement, the rail service said "Amtrak continues to actively monitor the storm and engineering crews and locomotives have been positioned at strategic locations along the corridor. Additionally, we are working with tree removal companies to proactively remove limbs and branches that are close to the right of way."
Customers looking to change reservations for Wednesday or Thursday travel, can make change by contacting the reservation center at 1-800-USA-RAIL. Amtrak is waiving change fees today.
Metro-North is operating on a reduced weekday schedule with combined or canceled trains during the morning and evening commutes. Hourly service will commence after 8 p.m. Check their website for specific details.
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