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As of 10:30 am Tuesday, March 13, Newtown had so far dodged the worst of Winter Storm Skylar, the third nor’easter to produce significant snow locally in the past two weeks.
Town Emergency Operations Director Maureen Will reported no significant storm-related incidents in town, and Eversource was reporting no storm-related outages.
Governor Dannel Malloy partially activated the state Emergency Operations Center at 4 am Tuesday, kept all nonessential first shift state workers home, and held a brief press conference at 10 am.
The governor said as temperatures drop, he is expecting moderate commuting challenges for the afternoon rush hour. However, most schools, state offices, many businesses, and municipal office closures have so far generated low traffic volume.
State police were reporting 26 storm-related crashes just before 10 am including two rollovers, one of which caused a single injury, according to Gov Malloy. And he reminded residents that as temperatures continue dropping below freezing, slush or water can freeze quickly.
“Roads can be slippery,” the governor said, “so if you don’t need to travel stay off the roads.”
He said snow totals so far are most evident at higher elevations, and western Connecticut including Newtown can expect accumulations of 4-8 inches before the storm moves away later Tuesday evening.
State transit buses are still operating on full schedule with some detours, he said, but all Amtrak and Shoreline East train service is suspended. In addition, Gov Malloy said 65 percent of Bradley flight traffic has been canceled.
He advises anyone traveling by air today to check with their carrier. Bradley airport is open, but he said the issue is with planes getting in versus flying out. Rhode Island has initiated a truck ban, but no other abutting states have done so.
Newtown schools were closed Tuesday because of the storm, and First Selectman Dan Rosenthal said he is monitoring the severity of the storm. Currently all town offices are open, and Mr Rosenthal said he would decide on early closing if warranted later in the day.