- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called out the National Guard on Monday to help respond to a winter storm expected to dump 2 to 3 feet of snow in Connecticut.

Malloy, speaking during a 5 p.m. news conference, said 400 guardsmen have been deployed to assist with any emergency that might arise. He had earlier declared a state of emergency and ordered a travel ban on state highways beginning at 9 p.m.

“If you are on road after 9 p.m., you are not only placing your life in danger, you are placing the lives of first responders in danger, particularly because they might have to give you assistance,” he said.

The governor also ordered all non-essential state workers to stay home during the first and second shifts on Tuesday and said all state colleges and universities would be closed on Tuesday.

The storm was set to begin Monday night and was forecast to extend into Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Malloy said the latest models indicate that it could drop about 5 inches per hour at its peak, with winds up to 60 mph, and flooding along the shoreline.

The governor said utility and tree crews from unaffected states were already on the way to assist 500 Connecticut workers with any storm-related outages.

Malloy said outages are expected to top 120,000 in Connecticut and anyone who loses power can expect to be without electricity for 24 to 48 hours.

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