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Obama approves emergency declaration for Connecticut

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ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for Connecticut after the massive storm that blanketed the state with several feet of snow.

The order means federal money will be used to help state and local response efforts. The White House announced the declaration Sunday.

Obama authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide equipment and resources needed to help storm recovery.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency Friday and Connecticut remained in a state of emergency.

The governor advised residents to stay home Monday and work from there, if possible.

Municipal employees are "working hard" to clear snow and make the roads. The state is expected to release 65 front loaders to cities and towns around state to help with their cleanup efforts.

Malloy asked anyone traveling on the roads Sunday night and Monday morning to use caution because freezing rain is expected to fall Sunday night. The freezing rain will make the snow heavier.

"Monday's commute will not be easy," he said at news conference in Hartford Sunday night.

Malloy also encouraged carpooling whenever possible.

WFSB Meteorologist Mike Cameron said "a light wintry mix" will occur Monday morning and change to rain by midday. The rain could be heavy at times.

"With freezing rain coming, large snow piles will glaze over with ice and become jersey barriers," Malloy stated Sunday night. "Any car that loses control is at extreme risk."

State police have been called to more than 400 crashes since the blizzard hit, according to the governor.

Authorities have confirmed that at least five people have died after a massive blizzard dropped nearly 3 feet of snow across the state overnight.

Several schools will be closed Monday as well. Click here for a full list.

The governor has told all non-essential state employees not report to work Monday.

"Getting streets clear and making them safer for everyone is a priority, so I am asking nonessential state employees to stay home tomorrow," Malloy said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "I understand that everyone wants to get back to normal as quickly as possible. Crews are working around the clock to accomplish that goal. But the last thing we need at this point is a typical morning rush hour commute. Traffic build-up will only delay the effort to clear our roads."

State courts will also be closed Monday. The Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed Monday and Tuesday, but AAA offices will be open for license renewals, according to governor's office.

More than 400 Connecticut National Guard troops have been assisting with the cleanup efforts and helped about a 100 trapped motorists since Friday. The troops are also "providing sheltering operations, transportation of emergency responders, evacuations and route clearance," Malloy said.

In total, Malloy said there has been six roof collapses throughout the state.

Malloy visited with Hamden Mayor Scott D. Jackson and West Haven Mayor John M. Picard Sunday afternoon.

Near-record snow has fallen in seven of the eight counties throughout the state, according to Malloy. The National Weather Service reported that Blizzard Charlotte dropped as much as 38" in parts of Connecticut.

Hamden received some of the highest snow totals in the state, and Malloy discussed plans to deal with the largest snowfall in the town in 40 years.

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Early Warning Weather

Today's Forecast

Today's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 62°

 

 

From Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest in the Channel 3 Early Warning Forecast Center… 

 

Tonight:  Isolated showers this evening.  Increasing cloudiness overnight.  Low: 58-66.

 

Saturday:  Mostly cloudy with a chance for rain near the coast in the morning, then clearing skies during the afternoon.  Breezy and mild.  High: 77 inland, 78 shore.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny and quite pleasant, low humidity.  Low: 56.  High: 82 inland, 83 shore. 

 

Monday:  Partly to mostly sunny, warmer.  Low: 58.  High: 85 inland, 83 shore.

 

Tuesday (August 1st):  Partly sunny and very warm.  Low: 61.  High: 88 inland, 84 shore.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny, becoming hot and more humid.  Low: 66.  High: 90 inland, 85 shore.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, hot and humid, a chance for a shower or thunderstorm.  Low: 68.  High: 90 inland, 85 shore.

 

Friday:  Mostly cloudy, warm and humid, showers and thunderstorms likely.  Low: 70.  High: 85 inland, 83 shore.

 

7-Day Forecast: Hartford

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 62°

Warmer

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 77°
  • 64°

AM Rain Coast

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 56°

Nice Day!

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 58°

Warmer

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 61°

Very Warm

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 66°

Hot & Humid

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 68°

Hot & Humid

Currently in Hartford as of

  • 81°(Feels like 82°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.84 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:41:19 am
  • Sunset: 08:12:33 pm
  • Humidity: 56
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Waterbury

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 62°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 77°
  • 57°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 58°

Sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 83°
  • 62°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 64°

A few clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 67°

Partly cloudy, chance of a thunderstorm

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 66°

Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon

Currently in Waterbury as of

  • 81°(Feels like 82°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.88 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:43:24 am
  • Sunset: 08:13:30 pm
  • Humidity: 54
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

7-Day Forecast: New London

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 65°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 72°
  • 57°

Windy with morning showers

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 59°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 75°
  • 63°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 65°

Mostly sunny

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 68°

Sunshine

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 68°

Sunny

Currently in New London as of

  • 78°(Feels like 80°)
  • Few Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 29.83 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:01 am
  • Sunset: 08:09:06 pm
  • Humidity: 71
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 5

7-Day Forecast: Norwich

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 65°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 72°
  • 57°

Windy with morning showers

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 59°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 75°
  • 63°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 65°

Mostly sunny

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 68°

Sunshine

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 68°

Sunny

Currently in Norwich as of

  • 78°(Feels like 80°)
  • Few Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 29.83 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:01 am
  • Sunset: 08:09:06 pm
  • Humidity: 71
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 5

7-Day Forecast: Manchester

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 83°
  • 63°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 77°
  • 54°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 56°

Sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 83°
  • 62°

Sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 64°

More sun than clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 67°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 66°

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Currently in Manchester as of

  • 81°(Feels like 82°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.84 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:20 am
  • Sunset: 08:12:25 pm
  • Humidity: 56
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: New Haven

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 64°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 77°
  • 59°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 61°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 65°

Abundant sunshine

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 67°

Chance of afternoon showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 70°

Morning thunderstorms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 69°

Mostly sunny

Currently in New Haven as of

  • 78°(Feels like 80°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.84 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:43:27 am
  • Sunset: 08:12:06 pm
  • Humidity: 68
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

7-Day Forecast: Vernon

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 83°
  • 63°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 77°
  • 54°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 56°

Sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 83°
  • 62°

Sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 64°

More sun than clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 67°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 66°

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Currently in Vernon as of

  • 81°(Feels like 82°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.84 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:20 am
  • Sunset: 08:12:25 pm
  • Humidity: 56
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Wallingford

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 62°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 54°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 56°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 61°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 63°

A few clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy with a stray thunderstorm

Currently in Wallingford as of

  • 82°(Feels like 83°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: SE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.83 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:42:45 am
  • Sunset: 08:12:33 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

7-Day Forecast: Windsor

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 62°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 56°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 57°

Sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 63°

Sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 64°

Mostly sunny

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 67°

Isolated thunderstorms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 66°

A few thunderstorms possible

Currently in Windsor as of

  • 81°(Feels like 82°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.84 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:53 am
  • Sunset: 08:13:03 pm
  • Humidity: 56
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Bristol

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 61°

Cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 76°
  • 56°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 57°

Abundant sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 61°

Mostly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 63°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 66°

More sun than clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 64°

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Currently in Bristol as of

  • 82°(Feels like 83°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: SE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.83 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:42:35 am
  • Sunset: 08:13:26 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Cheshire

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 62°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 54°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 56°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 61°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 63°

A few clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy with a stray thunderstorm

Currently in Cheshire as of

  • 82°(Feels like 83°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: SE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.83 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:42:45 am
  • Sunset: 08:12:33 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

Regional Conditions

Hartford
81°
Waterbury
81°
New London
78°
Norwich
78°
Manchester
81°
New Haven
78°
Vernon
81°
Wallingford
82°
Windsor
81°
Bristol
82°
Cheshire
82°

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