With snow falling in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has declared a state of emergency and is considering shutting down state highways as early as noon.
Malloy is asking all residents to limit non-essential travel. “People need to take this storm seriously. If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear,” Governor Malloy said. “Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.”
A declaration of emergency provides the governor with a number of emergency powers, including: the ability to modify or suspend any state statute, regulation, or requirement, the ability to order civil preparedness forces into action and ability to designate vehicle and person routes and movements.