HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency Monday and opened the state Emergency Operations Center to prepare for the winter storm headed into the region.
A travel ban went also into effect for the entire state starting at 9 p.m. Monday.
The Emergency Operations Center was activated at 4 p.m. Monday, and will remain open throughout the storm.
“People need to take this storm seriously,” Malloy said in a statement. “If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear.”
The National Weather Service is warning of a two-day snowfall of 20 to 30 inches and winds gusting more than 30 mph to as much as 75 mph.
The state is under a blizzard warning from until midnight Wednesday morning.
Connecticut’s largest utility is emailing and phoning customers warning of possible electrical outages during the storm.
Messages on Sunday from Connecticut Light & Power urged customers who rely on electricity for life-supporting equipment or medication requiring refrigeration to get back-up power or move to another.
The storm could be a major test for the utility, which has upgraded equipment and cleared tree branches and limbs since destructive storms in 2011.