Governor Lamont activates state emergency operations center and implements tractor trailer ban ahead of severe winter storm

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Governor Lamont activates state emergency operations center and implements tractor trailer ban ahead of severe winter storm

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that a severe winter storm with blizzard conditions is expected to impact Connecticut, he is implementing a travel ban on tractor-trailers for all limited-access highways statewide effective 3:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022 and remains in effect until further notice. The ban on travel with semi-trailers is being implemented in coordination with neighboring states which are also anticipating severe conditions.

Additionally, at the direction of the Governor, the Connecticut State Emergency Operations Center will be activated at 6:00 a.m. Saturday and staffed virtually and/or in person with personnel from multiple state agencies, such as the Department of emergency and public safety services (including the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, State Police, and the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control), Department of Transportation, and the Guard Connecticut State, as well as liaisons from Eversource and United Illuminating. The State Emergency Operations Center has already activated virtually to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Forecast calls for blizzard conditions for much of Connecticut on Saturday, with snowfall currently expected to reach 12 to 18 inches in the western part of the state and rise to 18 to 24 inches in eastern parts, especially near the Rhode Island border.

At times, snowfall will be extremely heavy with rates of 1-3 inches per hour expected, causing whiteout conditions which will make visibility very limited. Governor Lamont is advising everyone in Connecticut to anticipate sheltering in place from Friday night through Saturday night. He encourages everyone to avoid unnecessary travel for the duration of the storm.

“The current forecast calls for blizzard conditions for a significant portion of the state on Saturday, which is why I urge everyone statewide to plan to shelter in place beginning Friday evening and to staying there all day Saturday until the storm is over,” Governor Lamont said. “Sometimes snowfall rates will reach whiteout conditions, making visibility extremely limited, and when this happens we cannot safely send snowplows to clear the roads for the safety of drivers and of anyone else nearby. At the height of the storm, travel will be hazardous and we urge everyone to stay off the roads where possible. »

Connecticut Department of Transportation crews prepared ahead of the storm. The state has 634 snowplow trucks, 18 loader-mounted industrial snowblowers and more than 100 front-end loaders ready to deploy, in addition to approximately 200 contractors who are on standby and ready to supplement the fleet of state snow removal.

The New Haven line will operate a storm schedule (Metro-North Z schedule), while all other bus and train services statewide are suspended on Saturday. The last trains and buses will run as scheduled on Friday.

“The Connecticut Department of Transportation is ready and ready to go,” Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “All equipment, vehicles and crews are ready, and our storm center is closely monitoring weather forecasts and conditions. Although this is a changing storm, we urge the public to stay home and off the roads. Let our teams work. And as always, if you have to go out, be extremely careful and don’t overrun the plow. With our staff shortage, we ask for patience, it will take longer to clear our roads and deal with the snow accumulation.

Although it is recommended to avoid driving during the storm if possible, motorists can check for the latest road updates and alerts before you travel.

For emergency management news and resources, visit State CTPrepare website at or download the CTPrepare app on mobile devices Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

**To download: Governor Lamont’s Order Implementing the Tractor Trailer Ban Effective 3:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022

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