Strong storm system moving across eastern U.S.

Heavy snow along with sleet and freezing rain will fall on Shelton and the state today until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather System.

Snow accumulations  will be eight to 13 inches along with around a tenth of an inch of ice.

The heavy snow this continue this morning, briefly mixing with sleet and freezing rain late this morning and then will change back to snow this afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s.

In addition, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Monday and directed nonessential state employees to report to work at 10 a.m.

Last week, Malloy activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol through Feb. 8, which directs the DESPP’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Housing (DOH) 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.

“State emergency management officials continue to prepare for the potential impacts of this storm and continue to provide me with regular updates,” Malloy said.

The main weather story across the continental U.S. will be a strong surface low pressure system tracking across the northeastern U.S. on Monday and Monday night, the weather service said.

This will be a potent winter storm from the Ohio Valley to New England, and numerous winter storm warnings are in effect from eastern Ohio to Maine, where snowfall amounts on the order of six to 12 inches can be expected, with locally higher amounts.

Bitterly cold weather will settle in behind this system from the Upper Midwest to New England.