HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - While not fully activated, the state's emergency operations center in Hartford was staffed during Winter Storm Abel.
Emergency management staff was said to being monitoring the conditions of the long-duration storm, which began Sunday and is expected to run until Tuesday morning.
The Department of Transportation said it had 600 plows ready to go on Sunday, along with another 200 independent contractors on standby.
Governor Ned Lamont said they'll keep an eye on the weather and he's encouraging people to be careful driving.
"It’s a bit icy in spots but manageable. If you need to travel, allow extra time and take it slow," Lamont said. "We’re anticipating additional snow/sleet later [Monday]. We’ll continue monitoring and will provide updates."
Schools in Hartford went in on a two hour delay Monday morning.
Other schools let out early for the day. The list can be found here.
On Monday evening, Hartford officials said they do not anticipate a parking ban.
“It’s a close call, but we are not instituting a snow parking ban because we want to try to avoid losing a day of school,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “We are taking a calculated risk, and not having a ban means our DPW team won’t be able to clear curb to curb everywhere we normally would. Because of this decision, we won’t be able to make as much progress plowing as we would like by Tuesday morning, and that’s a conscious decision to try and save a day of school. I want to thank our DPW team for their hard work over an extended period of time.”
The state sought to remind people about its CT Prepares website and mobile app. It lists tips on how people should prepare for a winter storm and provides phone numbers, such as utility companies.
Check it out here.
Folks were out enjoying the wintry weather in Hartford on Monday.
"I love the winter, I think that's why you live in New England. If you don't like the winter, you should be living somewhere else," said Linda Trapani, of Hartford.
State trucks will work through the night to keep the roads clear.