Early Saturday morning, Gov. Dannell P. Malloy gave an executive order to close all Connecticut roads to all non-emergency vehicles.
Avon officials sent a press release out reminding residents that this traffic ban includes local roads and urged people to be cautious of the "whiteout conditions" created by high wind gusts even after the ban is lifted.
Hartford County towns including Avon are under at least 24 inches of snow and levels have reached as high as 36 in other regions of Connecticut. Public Works staff spent the evening plowing roads so emergency vehicles can get through.
It could take some time to re-open local roads completely due to the "record levels of snow on the ground and several more inches of snow projected through Saturday afternoon," the release stated.
As a reminder, there is a town ordinance banning residence from clearing snow from driveways into roads and the penalty is a fine. It also could slow down the clean-up process.
"When clearing snow on your property, please do not move it into the roadway, as this will delay the cleanup process," town officials said in a press release.
No tree damage has been reported at this time and it seems that Avon residents are staying in their homes, Avon Emergency Management Director James DiPace said in an email to Patch.
If you have an external heat exhaust vents for the heating system at your home, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents to make sure that it isn't blocked by snow. Make sure it's "unobstructed" in order to "prevent carbon monoxide buildup," the release stated.
Some Avon Connecticut Light & Power customers experienced minimal power "power disruption" overnight, but the power company's outage map did not report any power outages in town as of 10:10 a.m. If your power goes out, town officials remind residents to call CL&P at 800-286-2000 to report it.
For non-emergency questions about the storm, you can call the routine Avon police dispatch number at 860-409-4200. If there's an emergency, dial 911.