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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

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

 

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler.  Low: 55-63.

 

Friday:  Fall arrives at 4:02 in the afternoon!  A mix of clouds and some sunshine, breezy and seasonably mild. High: 74 inland, 75 shore.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny and warmer.  Low: 57.  High: 84 inland, 81 shore. 

 

Sunday:  Partly to mostly sunny with near record warmth!  Low: 60.  High: 89 inland, 83 shore. 

 

Monday:  Partly to mostly sunny, continued very warm.  Low: 63.  High: 89 inland, 83 shore.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny and very warm.  Low: 65.  High: 88 inland, 82 shore.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny and warm.  Low: 64.  High: 84 inland, 80 shore.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, continued warm.  Low: 63.  High: 84 inland, 80 shore.

 

7-Day Forecast: Hartford

Thursday
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  • 78°
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Breezy

Friday
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  • 74°
  • 59°

Autumn Begins!

Saturday
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  • 84°
  • 57°

Warmer

Sunday
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Record Warmth?

Monday
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  • 63°

Record Warmth?

Tuesday
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  • 65°

Very Warm

Wednesday
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  • 84°
  • 64°

Warm

Currently in Hartford as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNE @ 13 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:37:06 am
  • Sunset: 06:49:06 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Waterbury

Thursday
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  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 64°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 64°

Abundant sunshine

Monday
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  • 65°

Sunshine

Tuesday
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  • 62°

Times of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 79°
  • 61°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Waterbury as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: N @ 16 mph
  • Barometer: 30.02 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:38:37 am
  • Sunset: 06:50:34 pm
  • Humidity: 64
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: New London

Thursday
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  • 63°

Mainly cloudy, windy

Friday
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  • 63°

Partly cloudy and windy

Saturday
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  • 62°

Mainly sunny

Sunday
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  • 64°

Abundant sunshine

Monday
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  • 78°
  • 65°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 63°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 75°
  • 62°

Clouds giving way to sun

Currently in New London as of

  • 70°(Feels like 70°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: N @ 10 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:34:44 am
  • Sunset: 06:46:38 pm
  • Humidity: 59
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Norwich

Thursday
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  • 63°

Mainly cloudy, windy

Friday
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  • 63°

Partly cloudy and windy

Saturday
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  • 62°

Mainly sunny

Sunday
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  • 64°

Abundant sunshine

Monday
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  • 65°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 76°
  • 63°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 75°
  • 62°

Clouds giving way to sun

Currently in Norwich as of

  • 70°(Feels like 70°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: N @ 10 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:34:44 am
  • Sunset: 06:46:38 pm
  • Humidity: 59
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Manchester

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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Considerable cloudiness

Saturday
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  • 62°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 64°

Mainly sunny

Monday
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  • 64°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 86°
  • 62°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 81°
  • 60°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Manchester as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNE @ 13 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:36:33 am
  • Sunset: 06:48:35 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: New Haven

Thursday
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  • 77°
  • 63°

Clouds early, some clearing late

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Sunshine

Sunday
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Mainly sunny

Monday
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Sunny

Tuesday
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Times of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 77°
  • 64°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Currently in New Haven as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: N @ 15 mph
  • Barometer: 29.98 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:38:01 am
  • Sunset: 06:49:53 pm
  • Humidity: 55
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Vernon

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 75°
  • 59°

Considerable cloudiness

Saturday
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  • 85°
  • 62°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 89°
  • 64°

Mainly sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 64°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 62°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 60°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Vernon as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNE @ 13 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:36:33 am
  • Sunset: 06:48:35 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Wallingford

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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Considerable cloudiness

Saturday
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  • 63°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 64°

Mainly sunny

Monday
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  • 88°
  • 64°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 84°
  • 62°

Partly cloudy

Wednesday
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  • 80°
  • 60°

Clouds giving way to sun

Currently in Wallingford as of

  • 74°(Feels like 74°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNE @ 9 mph, gusting to 21 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:37:54 am
  • Sunset: 06:49:50 pm
  • Humidity: 53
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Windsor

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 60°

Mostly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 63°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 89°
  • 64°

Abundant sunshine

Monday
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  • 91°
  • 65°

Times of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 63°

Mix of sun and clouds

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

Mostly sunny

Currently in Windsor as of

  • 74°(Feels like 74°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 30.02 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:37:14 am
  • Sunset: 06:49:17 pm
  • Humidity: 52
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Bristol

Thursday
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  • 75°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 76°
  • 61°

Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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  • 83°
  • 64°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 87°
  • 65°

Mainly sunny

Monday
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  • 88°
  • 65°

Sunny

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

Times of sun and clouds

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 79°
  • 61°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Bristol as of

  • 74°(Feels like 74°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNE @ 9 mph, gusting to 21 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:38:12 am
  • Sunset: 06:50:11 pm
  • Humidity: 53
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Cheshire

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Considerable cloudiness

Saturday
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  • 83°
  • 63°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 87°
  • 64°

Mainly sunny

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

Mainly sunny

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

Partly cloudy

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 80°
  • 60°

Clouds giving way to sun

Currently in Cheshire as of

  • 74°(Feels like 74°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNE @ 9 mph, gusting to 21 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:37:54 am
  • Sunset: 06:49:50 pm
  • Humidity: 53
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Hartford
73°
Waterbury
73°
New London
70°
Norwich
70°
Manchester
73°
New Haven
75°
Vernon
73°
Wallingford
74°
Windsor
74°
Bristol
74°
Cheshire
74°

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