FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – The state's snowplows are focused on Fairfield County as a blizzard rages along the shoreline of Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Saturday afternoon as he urged residents to stay off the road.
"The Department of Transportation currently has 543 plow trucks deployed, focused on the Fairfield County and shoreline areas," Malloy said.
"We are closely monitoring storm conditions, which vary greatly from area to area. Right now, southwestern Connecticut and towns along the shoreline are seeing the most accumulation, with travel along the I-95 corridor and the Merritt experiencing low visibility. I am encouraging those in the southern part of our state to remain off the roads if possible."
Southern Fairfield County is under a Blizzard Watch until 7 a.m., with 18 to 24 inches of snow expected. Northern Fairfield County is under a Winter Storm Warning with 10 to 14 inches of snow in the forecast.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is shutting down Metro-North service in Connecticut and New York, with the last trains leaving at about 4 p.m. Saturday.
Connecticut bus service along the shoreline, including CTTransit, Norwalk Transit District, Greater Bridgeport Transit, Milford Transit and Coastal Link, also all shut down at noon.
"My office and I are in continuous communication with agency leadership and we continue to get real-time updates," Malloy said. "With disparities in the weather and different areas seeing different conditions, I am encouraging everyone to stay safe and use their judgment.
"Drivers in those communities most impacted by the weather conditions are urged to avoid unnecessary travel at this time."
Drivers who head out should be aware that a travel ban was issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo due to whiteout conditions in neighboring New York.
The full travel ban took effect at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when all state roads closed in in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties as well as New York City and Long Island. He also declared a State of Emergency in those areas.
Cuomo said plows cannot keep up with the snowfall in parts of downstate New York.
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