The snow storm charging up the East Coast is leaving a coating of white on Connecticut, and prompting airline cancellations that will continue into Thursday and closings of schools and public gatherings.
Connecticut coordinated the release of state and private workers to avoid potential commuting problems in Hartford. The state has 570 of the 632 state plows out to deal with the massive storm.
The northern part of the state could get 2 to 5 inches by the end of the storm, while the southern part of the state could get 5 to 10 inches.
No flights will leave Bradley Airport on Wednesday, officials said, and a few arrivals are scheduled to come in tonight, but that is subject to change. Best recommendation is to check with an airline. Thursday and Friday will be catch-up days.
United Airlines has canceled all flights in and out of Bradley until early Thursday afternoon.
Metro-North Railroad has been operating on a reduced schedule for the day and added extra trains from noon through 4 p.m. MTA predicts it will run another reduced schedule for the evening commute, with fewer trains running during the evening rush hour. Metro-North commuters are urged to check the MTA website.
Governor Jodi M. Rell activated a plan in which major Hartford-based employers, including the State of Connecticut, implemented staggered release times.
This plan was part of an effort to avoid the 2007 snowstorm disaster when thousands of employees were released early and became stuck on clogged roadways.
On Tuesday, Aetna was preparing for the storm and said about 80 percent of the company's workforce is expected to telecommute on Wednesday.