Newtown has issued its second CodeRED message of the current winter storm.
Those who signed up for the notifications are receiving a message this morning from Newtown Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will.
"Following the governor's directive, we are also asking all non-essential personnel to stay home today," Ms Will said in the brief message. "Newtown Municipal Center will be closed today.
"Stay home until after the storm has passed, and we will see you all tomorrow morning," she said.
Ms Will had issued a CodeRED message last night, alerting residents that the municipal center would not open this morning until at least 10 am. First Selectman Pat Llodra was planning to reassess the weather conditions in the morning, the message said.
Shortly before 8 am Thursday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has ordered all first and second shift, non-essential state employees to not report to work on Thursday, February 13, in response to winter storm conditions across the state. State employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors for further guidance.
“As conditions are predicted to intensify throughout the day, we are ordering all first and second shift, non-essential state employees to stay home today," Gov Malloy. "I don’t like the term non-essential because I think everyone does important work, but with poor road conditions I don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way. With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel.”
The state's Emergency Operations Center has been activated, and the governor has first responders and the Connecticut National Guard "on standby and read to help should it be necessary," he annouced through his Facebook page last night.
A ban on tandem trucks on primary and secondary roads was activated at 4 am today.
The governor is scheduled to hold his next news briefing around 8:30 this morning.
A three-part storm is in its first stage at this hour, with snow falling very steadily in Newtown and across the state. The storm is expected to be strong for approximately 24 hours.
The National Weather Service is watching "a strengthening area of low pressure will move up the East Coast on Thursday bringing with it significant winter weather from the Southeast to New England."
A Winter Storm Warning is covering Newtown, and the region, until 6 am Friday. NWS Doppler Radar is tracking an area of heavy snow along a line extending from Succasunna-Kenvil, N.J., to 18 miles southeast of Hither Hills State Park, which is located on the southern shore near the eastern tip of Long Island. The storm is moving north at 45 mps.
Snowfall rates in Newtown and the area are expected to be 2 to 3 inches per hour.
"Motorists should use extra caution," NWS urges.