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Winter Storm Pax Blasts Northeastern U.S. with Heavy Snow

The most recent winter storm Pax has set its sights on Connecticut, and with as much as one foot of snow expected to fall today and through the evening, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has ordered non-essential state employees to stay home from work.

In the face of Pax, many school districts announced cancellations and the state is bracing for heavy, wet snowfall over the course of Thursday and into Friday. Gov. Malloy released a statement, saying, “With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel.”

Blinding, wind-driven snow like the precipitation brought by Pax can mean not only dangerous driving conditions but also dangerously low temperatures, freezing rain and strong winds.

To say safe while Pax passes, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Put together a supply kit with enough water and food to last at least three days
  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries nearby
  • Ensure that your first-aid supplies are fully stocked
  • Know where all medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items are
  • Keep cell phones charged
  • Secure an ample amount of alternate heating methods like fireplaces, wood or coal-burning stoves
  • Don’t forget to secure any items your pet may need while preparing for the storm (collar, leash, identification, food, bowls, etc.)
  • Have emergency family contact information at the ready
  • Keep sand, rock salt or kitty litter on hand to help with slippery walkways or driveways on your property
  • Have extra cash
  • Keep copies of important personal documents in a designated place of the house
  • Winterize your vehicle by keeping all fluids topped off and a full tank of gas, which will keep the fuel line from freezing

Prior to a storm hitting it’s a good idea to install storm windows and perform regular maintenance on chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. If you plan to travel during the winter or will not be home for most of the season, set your heater to no lower than 55° F.

Connecticut Light & Power released a statement assuring residents that the utility company is prepared to respond to any and all outages quickly and safely. “The company will activate its emergency response plan…and we will have crews standing by across the state,” CL&P said. The company also encouraged customers who rely heavily on electricity for critical medical needs to make alternate arrangements wherever possible by switching to a backup source or securing another location.

Pax is forecast to end by early Friday. Residents should take all reasonable precautions and stay off the road until absolutely necessary.