Malloy: Avoid travel at height of the snowstorm

Residents should avoid travel during the height of the coming snowstorm, which is expected to be most intense on Thursday night, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The storm should bring up to 10 inches of snow and bitter cold temperatures to Shelton and the rest of Connecticut on Thursday and Friday.

"I am asking residents to use caution as they head out for their Thursday and Friday commutes and give yourself some extra time to get to your destination," Malloy said. "I am also asking that you avoid travel during the height of the storm Thursday night.”

Heavy snow, cold temps, high winds

The current forecast is calling for light snow to begin after midnight Wednesday night and continue through the day on Thursday, with heavy blowing and drifting snow overnight Thursday into early Friday morning.

Wind chills are expected to get as low as -5 late Thursday into early Friday.

Protecting the vulnerable

Malloy has directed the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Social Services and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.

He said the state is “taking steps to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter. I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need.”

Capacity of shelters monitored statewide

Under the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, DEMHS activates its WebEOC communications network — an Internet-based system that allows local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions.

The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.