Governor: ‘If you do not need to be on the road [this] morning, please stay home’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Wednesday morning, directing all nonessential state employees to report to work at 10 a.m.

(UPDATE: Malloy has since ordered all non-essential, first- and second-shift state employees to stay home and not report to work today.)

The delayed opening will allow extra time for transportation crews to clear the roads of snow in the early morning.

It also should make sure “we are not bogged down during the usual morning rush, right when the snowfall is forecasted to be at its heaviest,” Malloy said.

Private sector companies may want to consider similar plans, according to the governor. “If you do not need to be on the road [this] morning, please stay home,” he said.

New conference set for 8 a.m.

In addition, Malloy will hold a news briefing at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Hartford to provide an update on the state’s preparation and response to the winter storm.

The governor partially activated the EOC tonight at midnight in order to monitor conditions across the state and quickly coordinate any assistance that may be necessary.

The state should received 4 to 12 inches of snow, plus a coating of ice at the end, from a quick moving storm on Wednesday morning.