Malloy urges residents to avoid travel during anticipated blizzard

In a press conference on Thursday at 6 p.m., Gov. Dan Malloy urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel during the height of the predicted blizzard on Friday.

He said the state has 632 plow trucks ready to work throughout the storm that is expected to be at its worst Friday afternoon through mid-Saturday.

The state is also pre-treating highways and bridges in anticipation of up to a possible two-foot accumulation of snow.

Both Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating are preparing for possible outages due to high winds up to 40 mph resulting from the storm, and have contacted out-of-state crews to assist.

The utility companies are preparing for a possible 10% outage each.

Malloy also said those without power using generators should use them safely, making sure ventilation areas are clear and not risking carbon monoxide poisoning.

Malloy said he expected state offices to be open on Friday morning but there would likely be an early dismissal — but that could change depending upon revisiting of forecasts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A number of local colleges and universities have already canceled classes tomorrow, Malloy said.

Malloy said that while it is expected to stock up on supplies when storms occur, hoarding supplies like milk, bread or gas is discouraged.

When asked how much snow Malloy expected, the governor responded “more than I want.”

He also said that any state residents planning on using public transportation like buses or Metro-North should expect service to be suspended at any time.

Malloy said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is on site for Friday’s storm and many FEMA agents remain in the state working on Hurricane Sandy recovery.

Should there be a need for a State of Emergency declaration, Malloy said he is “prepared to declare whatever I need to declare" and paperwork is already in process.

He also encouraged all local municipalities to keep roads clear for emergency purposes and to open their Emergency Operation Centers.

Malloy said the state’s EOC will open as of 9 a.m. Friday.

He said the state is taking the blizzard “very seriously.”