Obama approves emergency declaration for Connecticut

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© Gov. Dannel talks with town officials in Hamden Sunday afternoon. © Gov. Dannel talks with town officials in Hamden Sunday afternoon.
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© Cars buried under snow in Branford. © Cars buried under snow in Branford.
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 Meteorologist Mike Cameron in the Channel 3 Early Warning Forecast Center… 

 

Tonight:  Variably cloudy with a few showers possible.  Low: 50-58.

 

Monday (Memorial Day):  Mostly cloudy and cool.  Showers are likely, but the whole day won't be a washout.   High: 62 inland, 60 shore.

 

Tuesday:  Partly to mostly cloudy; an afternoon shower possible.  Low: 55.  High: 73 inland, 69 shore.

 

Wednesday:   Partly sunny to mostly cloudy; a chance for an afternoon shower.  Low: 57.  High: 78 inland, 74 shore.

 

Thursday:   Partly cloudy and breezy.  Low: 55.  High: 75 inland, 73 shore.

 

Friday:  Mainly cloudy with scattered showers.  Low: 54.  High: 68 inland, 66 shore.

 

Saturday:  Early showers will clear.  Then turning partly sunny.  Breezy.  Low: 52.  High: 76 inland, 75 shore. 

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny early.  Increasingly cloudy during the afternoon.  Rain developing during the evening.  Low: 55.  High: 73 inland, 70 shore.

 

7-Day Forecast: Hartford

Monday
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Rain at times

Tuesday
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Showers

Wednesday
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Mild, showers

Thursday
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Partly sunny

Friday
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Showers

Saturday
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Partly sunny

Sunday
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Increasingly cloudy

Currently in Hartford as of

  • 54°(Feels like 54°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:20:01 am
  • Sunset: 08:16:44 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Waterbury

Monday
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Cloudy, periods of rain

Tuesday
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Showers ending by midday

Wednesday
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Morning thunderstorms

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A few clouds

Friday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Partly cloudy

Sunday
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Chance of afternoon showers

Currently in Waterbury as of

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  • Wind: ESE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 29.91 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:22:10 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:28 pm
  • Humidity: 77
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: New London

Monday
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Cloudy with rain

Tuesday
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Considerable cloudiness

Wednesday
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Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Thursday
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Partly cloudy

Friday
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Saturday
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Partly cloudy

Sunday
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Mostly sunny

Currently in New London as of

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  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: NE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:18:54 am
  • Sunset: 08:13:03 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Norwich

Monday
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Cloudy with rain

Tuesday
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Considerable cloudiness

Wednesday
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Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

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Partly cloudy

Friday
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Saturday
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Partly cloudy

Sunday
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Mostly sunny

Currently in Norwich as of

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  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: NE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:18:54 am
  • Sunset: 08:13:03 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Manchester

Monday
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Mainly cloudy and rainy

Tuesday
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Mostly cloudy

Wednesday
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Thunderstorms early

Thursday
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A few clouds

Friday
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Showers possible

Saturday
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Mostly sunny

Sunday
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Considerable cloudiness

Currently in Manchester as of

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  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:19:03 am
  • Sunset: 08:16:43 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: New Haven

Monday
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Rain

Tuesday
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Cloudy

Wednesday
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Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Thursday
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More sun than clouds

Friday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Sunday
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Partly cloudy

Currently in New Haven as of

  • 55°(Feels like 55°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: ENE @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.92 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:22:28 am
  • Sunset: 08:15:58 pm
  • Humidity: 89
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Vernon

Monday
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Mainly cloudy and rainy

Tuesday
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Mostly cloudy

Wednesday
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Thunderstorms early

Thursday
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A few clouds

Friday
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Showers possible

Saturday
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Mostly sunny

Sunday
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Considerable cloudiness

Currently in Vernon as of

  • 54°(Feels like 54°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:19:03 am
  • Sunset: 08:16:43 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Wallingford

Monday
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Cloudy with rain

Tuesday
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Cloudy

Wednesday
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Scattered thunderstorms

Thursday
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Plenty of sun

Friday
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Chance of showers

Saturday
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Times of sun and clouds

Sunday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Wallingford as of

  • 55°(Feels like 55°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:21:27 am
  • Sunset: 08:16:34 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Windsor

Monday
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Rain

Tuesday
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Showers possible in the afternoon

Wednesday
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Afternoon thunderstorms

Thursday
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A few clouds

Friday
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Cloudy, periods of rain

Saturday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
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Partly cloudy

Currently in Windsor as of

  • 53°(Feels like 53°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: ESE @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:19:32 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:31 pm
  • Humidity: 89
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Bristol

Monday
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Cloudy with rain

Tuesday
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Showers possible in the afternoon

Wednesday
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Scattered thunderstorms

Thursday
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A few clouds

Friday
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Showers possible

Saturday
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Plenty of sun

Sunday
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Chance of afternoon showers

Currently in Bristol as of

  • 55°(Feels like 55°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:21:19 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:30 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Cheshire

Monday
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Cloudy with rain

Tuesday
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Cloudy

Wednesday
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Scattered thunderstorms

Thursday
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Plenty of sun

Friday
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Chance of showers

Saturday
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Times of sun and clouds

Sunday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Cheshire as of

  • 55°(Feels like 55°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:21:27 am
  • Sunset: 08:16:34 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Hartford
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Waterbury
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New London
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Norwich
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Manchester
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New Haven
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Vernon
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Wallingford
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Windsor
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Bristol
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Cheshire
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