With the state recovering from the 12th storm of the season, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency Thursday as a precursor to seeking federal aid for municipalities experiencing shortages of road salt.

“I have asked our state emergency management personnel to reach out to our cities and towns tonight and get more information on what their salt supplies look like right now, indicating to us how much they currently have on hand and how much they use in a typical storm,” Malloy said. “This will enable us to pursue a request to the federal government to assist these communities to increase their supplies as the winter season continues.”

The governor ordered nonessential state employees to report to work an hour late Friday, an effort to lighten rush-hour traffic as crews continue to clean streets and highways of snow that was expected to fall sporadically overnight.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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