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Travel Ban Lifted, Residents Still Urged to Stay Home

'While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon, I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible,' says the governor.

Updated Saturday 7 p.m.

Governor Malloy has lifted the travel ban on all roads, including limited access highways, but is still urging folks to stay home.

"While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon, I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible," Malloy said in a statement.  "Crews are out clearing roadways as we speak, but the fact is we are going to feel the impact of this storm for some time.  The longer we can keep traffic out of town centers and off of our highways, the more effective our recovery effort will be. "

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Our original report follows.

Connecticut is essentially at a standstill.

This morning, with upwards of two feet of snow across the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered all roads in Connecticut closed until further notice. This traffic ban extends to all vehicles except for those emergency response and recovery vehicles with the capacity to maneuver in heavy snow.

"It's critical right now that residents stay off the roads, so that our plows can continue their efforts to clear our streets and highways," Malloy said. "This is a record-setting storm. It's going to take time to dig out of the snow. Stalled or abandoned vehicles will only slow that process. Unless you face an emergency, please stay put."

Notice of the travel ban was sent over the state's Emergency Broadcast System.

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