Gov. warns people to get where they need to be before potential flash freeze

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HARTFORD, Connecticut (WFSB) – The governor of Connecticut urged people across the state to limit movement before a sudden freeze could occur Friday night.

Gov. Ned Lamont said the state is expected to get another high wind Friday afternoon, which could cause more power outages on top of what happened this morning.

On top of that, temperatures were expected to drop. The crew failed to prep the roads in the rain, which could lead to slippery road conditions.

Check out Channel 3’s predictions Here.

“You’ll see temperatures plummet around dusk Friday evening. These wet conditions can freeze very quickly,” Lamont said. “When this happens, the roads freeze. The heavy rains we are currently experiencing will wash away any treatment, so the transport crew cannot pretreat the roads at this time. We are waiting and waiting for the rain to stop so that we can apply the treatment, the roads will be very slippery so it is highly recommended to get where you need to be before the temperature drops tonight .”

Lamont said the administration has taken steps to respond to the storm.

He said the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has issued an emergency order suspending certain state regulations regarding restrictions on intrastate transportation of gasoline, diesel fuel, bunker oil, biodiesel, and propane. The decree was issued to ensure that homes and businesses receive fuel when needed, especially as temperatures drop and power outages persist. The order expires on Tuesday.

Connecticut’s Severe Cold Protocol went into effect from 6:00 p.m. Friday to noon Tuesday. Shelters and warming centers were opened statewide. Those who need shelter should call 211 to be connected to a nearby location. We can provide transportation.

Lamont also urged people not to visit state parks, as many had knocked down trees. Meade State Forest closed.

Public transit continues to operate statewide, Lamont said. However, there are delays and cancellations on some routes. Those planning to use public transport are advised to check with each transport company for the latest information.

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