Yahoo! News is gathering brief first-person accounts, photos and video from the severe winter weather in the northeastern United States. Here's one resident's story.
FIRST PERSON | NORWICH, Conn. -- With only light snow falling throughout the day here in Norwich, things have been fairly peaceful. However starting around 4 p.m., the snow has picked up considerably. A few inches of snow have already fallen, but thankfully there is no wind yet.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy issued a travel ban for state highways, but local roads are still accessible. Norwich City Manager Alan Bergren issued a state of emergency for the town as of 4 p.m.
An afternoon trip to our local Stop & Shop found shelves still full with no long lines. The store's cashiers said they will still be open until midnight tonight. Stop & Shop's gas station was closed. However, and it was unclear whether it was due to an outage of gas or the snow. Three other gas stations in the Norwich area were still open for business. Roads are still moderately clear with a few snow plows on the road, but it's become apparent that soon they won't be able to keep up with the heavy snowfall that we're currently experiencing. Visibility conditions have also decreased considerably from this morning's work commute. Now is the time to get off the roads and stay home.