Gov. Dannel Malloy held a news conference inside the William O'Neill Armory in Hartford Thursday night to update the public and media on how the state is preparing for Blizzard Charlotte.
"More snow than we want," Malloy joked when asked about how much snow was going to fall throughout the state.
Blizzard Charlotte is expected to drop at least a foot of snow throughout Connecticut on Friday, and as much as 2 feet of snow could fall on parts of the state. Snow accumulations could exceed 2 feet in some areas.
The storm is expected to begin Friday morning and will last until sometime midday Saturday.
Malloy said state officials are preparing for the worst, but "hoping for less." He advised people to "stay home during the storm."
"This is a serious event," he said.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has 632 plows available to be used during the blizzard. The governor urged local governments to keep critical roads clear throughout Blizzard Charlotte and deterred non-essential travel.
The state roads have already been pre-treated and Connecticut officials have stockpiled a "good supply" of salt, Malloy said.
Malloy said there could be wind gusts expected more than 30 mph and people should be ready for possible outages.
There are 400 CL&P linemen on hand for Friday's storm and United Illuminating has 100 ready. Both companies have called crews out of state to be on standby.
The governor also stressed caution when using generators during the storm if residents lose power.
Malloy said he has paperwork prepared to declare state of emergency if necessary.
All non-essential state employees were told to remain home, however, all evening and midnight shift employees should report as normal Friday.
"If the worst-case scenario plays out, we will need roads clear for emergency personnel and utility crews," Malloy said in the statement.
Anyone who needs shelter or a warming center during the blizzard, should call 211 or click the following link.
Malloy is expected to release another update later Thursday night. The state's Emergency Operation Center will open at 9 a.m. on Friday and Malloy will meet with municipal leaders at 10 a.m.
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