Write-Up by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.wordpress.com

Photo courtesy of AccWeather.com

Photo courtesy of AccuWeather.com

New England is bracing for a blizzard expected to hit later today, last overnight into Saturday morning and bring at least two feet of snow in some areas plus high winds. In preparation, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy here in Connecticut the State Emergency Operations Center is slated to open this morning at 9 a.m., more than 800 state and contractor plows are ready to go, a good supply of salt mixtures is stockpiled throughout the state and non-essential state workers have been told not to report. State police are recommending motorists stay off the roads during the storm. A spokesperson for Connecticut Light & Power said 400 linesmen are on stand-by with crews already positioned in staging areas. As well, CL& P says it has tree workers and outside resources on-hand to deal with possible power outages.

“CT DOT has over 800 state and contract plows ready to be deployed throughout the storm to clear the roads,” Malloy said in one of a series of  recent twitter messages.

Highway bridges and other potentially problematic sections have been pre-treated, according to the governor. Malloy too, took to the broadcast airwaves to apprise the public of storm preparations last evening; schools districts across Connecticut also began announcing Friday closures.

AccuWeather.com reports that two storms, one an Alberta Clipper coming down from Canada, are joining forces to “unleash a blizzard across New England.”  Predictions are that light snow will start to fall around 10:00 this morning, pick-up as the day goes on developing into a blizzard with the potential of white-out conditions.