Connecticut travel ban lifted at 2 p.m. as storm veers east

Updated: 2:50 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who lifted a travel ban on local roads in Litchfield and Fairfield counties at 8:30 a.m., opened the remainder of the state’s roads at 2 p.m., though he warned that many eastern communities still were digging out from two feet of snow.

An overnight travel ban imposed at 9 p.m. Monday served its purpose: Only 15 motor vehicle accidents were reported on the state’s highways, compared to the hundreds that could have been expected, Malloy said at an afternoon briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford.

“That’s spectacular, and I’m grateful to people who listened,” Malloy said during an earlier briefing.

Metro-North resumed service on a Sunday schedule, giving Connecticut customers of the nation’s most heavily traveled rail corridor limited access to New York City, which was barely grazed by a storm that tracked further east than weather forecasters predicted.

The I-395 corridor of eastern Connecticut, where two feet of snow already had fallen and another five inches was expected, was the hardest hit, Malloy said.

But power outages were few, despite the gusty winds. Connecticut Light & Power reported only 43 of its 1.2 million customers were without power at 9:15 a.m. United Illuminating, which serves a smaller area from Fairfield to New Haven, had few interruptions.

“I think we can be up and running tomorrow on a normal basis,” Malloy said.

Malloy smiled at the suggestion that the storm did not meet expectations.

“There’s no bad news in everyone not getting three feet of snow,” he said at a morning briefing.

As the following tweet shows, the overnight ban on using the interstate highways kept some wrestling aficionados on an extended stay in Hartford, where there was a WWE exhibition Monday night.

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