Malloy: Connecticut is ready, but storm will be cold

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says that Connecticut will be able to handle to snow from tonight’s big storm, but he warned that it will be dangerously cold.

“This is not a big New England storm, but it is a cold New England storm,” the Democratic governor said. “Most of my efforts today havee been to make sure that people don’t freeze to death.”

The governor has said that non-essential state businesses will open at 9:30 a.m., a delayed start, to allow people time to dig out and get to work.

Malloy says the worst part of the storm will be from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight, when snowfall rates could be as frequent as one inch per hour. He strongly urged people to stay off the roads if they can, as visibility will be reduced and roads will be very slick.

He said the state is ready, with hundreds of plow crews and contractors on alert around the state to keep the roads clear, and he said he had been in talks with Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating to make sure they’re read to respond to any outages.

But he said the biggest concern is the bitter cold that will come with the storm and linger afterward. Low temperatures will be colder than anything Connecticut has seen in more than a decade. Malloy said the state has had people reaching out to the homeless and people without heat to make sure they are sheltered during the storm.

If you need help or know someone who does, call 211 and they will help you get sheltered.

Wes Duplantier