DANBURY, Conn. -- Tuesday's snowstorm has started to create some hazardous driving conditions, slowing traffic to a crawl on I-84 east in Danbury.
As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, traffic was nearly bumper-to-bumper from Exit 2 all the way to Exit 7 on I-84 east. An accident at Exit 7 is also causing the delays.
But I-84 is not seeing quite as bad a traffic jam as lower Fairfield County where the delays stretch across the entire width of the county.
Gov. Dannel Malloy warned commuters to be cautious on their commutes home and to avoid travel Tuesday evening.
"I am asking residents to take it slow as they head out for the afternoon commute and to avoid travel during the height of the storm tonight," Malloy said in a statement. "If you do not need to be on the road tonight, please stay home as road conditions and visibility will be deteriorating rapidly. I’ve also asked all executive branch agencies to enact their early dismissal plans so that we are not bogged down during the usual evening rush, right when the snow is forecasted to pick up. Private sector companies may want to consider similar plans.”
On Monday, Malloy activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol which directs the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Housing to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.
All of Fairfield County remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with 6 to 10 inches of snow forecast to fall as temperatures plunge into the single digits and wind chills fall below zero, according to the National Weather Service.