Connecticut Governor to lift state travel ban at 5 p.m.

Only essential employees allowed on Connecticut state highways

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Dannel Malloy has been giving updates on the blizzard conditions from the State’s Emergency Operations Center. That’s where he announced that the travel ban will be lifted at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The State’s Emergency Operations Center has been open since 5 a.m., the same time the statewide travel ban went into effect.  Many cities and towns also opened their own Emergency Operations Centers.

Snowfall has been heavy at times with limited visibility and wind gusts up to 60 m.p.h. Accumulation ranges anywhere from 2 inches along the coast to 18 inches in northwestern Connecticut.  Coastal flooding is now also becoming an issue for the shoreline.

Related: Full Blizzard Forecast and Timeline

The governor says that state residents have been complying with the travel ban. He says the ban allows state crews to stay ahead of the storm and clear the roads faster. If you are an essential employee and must travel, you are urged to take your time and be very careful. Malloy says all third shift non-essential employees should not report to work as the travel ban remains in effect until 5 p.m.

Related: State police warn drivers of travel ban fine

Malloy says that the full state fleet of Department of Transportation plow trucks have been deployed and that they are clearing the highways. There are 634 state truck and 250 contracted trucks on the roadways.

Metro-North wrapped up service with the last train arriving at noon to Grand Central Station in New York. Bus service had already been suspended for the entire state. Amtrak has also suspended service between Boston and New York.

Related: Metro-North to suspend service at 12 noon Tuesday

Most flights to and from Bradley International Airport were canceled with the last flight arriving at 7 a.m. While the runways are open and crews are working to keep them clear, the airlines are not running planes to and from the airport. Travelers are urged to check with their airlines.

Related: Most flights canceled out of Bradley Airport

Moreover, State Police say between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. troopers responded to 86 motor assists and 28 accidents with no fatalities at this time. State police, along with Connecticut National Guard, have extra units ready to assist motorists if any incidents should arise.

Utility companies having been responding to the storm, as well.

Related: Eversource responds to thousands of outages across the state

If you lose power and use a generator or grill to heat, make sure there is ample ventilation according to the instructions of what is being used. Grills should not be used indoors. Also, be sure to use exhaust fans and make sure vents are not clogged so there is not a carbon monoxide back up.

Related: Preparing for power outages

Many cities and towns have implemented parking bans. If you haven’t already got your car off the roads so they can plow, do it now.

Additionally, the State Severe Cold Weather Protocol is in place. If you need shelter call 211. There are 11 shelters in place at this time.