Tow truck operator Shawn Juhre sets up road safety reflectors before towing a car out of a ditch during a winter snow storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
As the Northeast region braces for Winter Storm Nemo, the state of Connecticut is forecast to be hit by heavy snowfall and winds. Accumulations of snow of 1 to 2 feet are possible in the state as well as wind gusts up to 50 mph.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy declared a state of emergency Friday. Driving on state highways was not allowed after 4 p.m. Friday. “Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency," the governor said in a release.
Connecticut transit bus services were suspended starting at 6 p.m., and a street parking ban is in effect in the city of Hartford. Metro North ran extra trains in the afternoon to get commuters back to Connecticut before the worst of the storm. The MTA says Metro North riders can expect limited service after 8 p.m. Friday and that service may be suspended.
According to the Stamford Advocate, utility companies are preparing for a loss of power to up to 30% of homes. Connecticut Light and Power posted on its website that “employees and contractors are in position statewide, responding to damage caused by the storm and restoring customer outages.” Out-of-state crews are also moving in to help.