HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has ordered the opening of the state’s emergency operations center to help officials respond to problems caused by a major snow storm headed to New England.

Rell also said she will brief mayors and first selectmen during a conference call Sunday.

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State offices will be closed Monday for a furlough day intended to cut spending, but the governor said state plow operators took their furlough day earlier in the year. As a result, the state’s 632 plow operators will be clearing roads Sunday.

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Rell also said the State Police and Connecticut National Guard will be on standby to respond to emergencies.

Southern New England is bracing for as much as foot of snow and blizzard conditions in some areas.

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