Blizzard bears down on Shelton, all of CT, New England, Northeast

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued a travel ban beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday due to the coming blizzard.

As of 10:30 a.m. in Shelton, light snow is falling. The snow intensity is expected to pick up in the afternoon and especially tonight, when from midnight to about 9 a.m. Tuesday from 2 to 4 inches an hour come down.

Weather forecasters are advising people to be off the roads by 3 p.m. this afternoon — 5 p.m. at the latest.

Latest prediction: 18 to 24 inches

While the forecasts have fluctuated from predicting 1 to 3 feet of snow for southwestern Connecticut, the last Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service says to expect 18 to 24 inches — with accumulations higher in some parts of Fairfield County.

“All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon — to allow people already on the roads to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to being to clear roads,” according to the weather service.