FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. - Deteriorating winter weather conditions have closed all government offices and state universities across Fairfield County and Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy said Thursday morning.
“As conditions are predicted to intensify throughout the day, we are ordering all first and second shift, nonessential state employees to stay home today," Malloy said.
A nor'easter was steaming through the state Thursday. It is expected to snow all day, dropping 10 to 14 inches of snow along with a coating of ice from sleet and freezing rain this afternoon. It should snow until about midnight.
All 632 of the state's Department of Transportation trucks are out clearing the roads along with 200 contracted trucks to allow drivers and emergency personnel to travel safely.
The 300 members of the Connecticut National Guard are also on standby if needed, he added.
Residents using public transportation should be aware that the buses and trains are running on reduced schedules and service could be cut further later in the day, Malloy said.
"With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel," said Malloy.
Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating have trucks on standby to repair any power outages that occur.