James Small, 34, of Reading, Mass., bought two generators at The Home Depot in Manchester, Conn., just as the snow began to fall. The AT&T employee was wrapping up three days of work in central Connecticut and was about to start a two-hour drive home, where his wife and three young sons were awaiting his return.
"She's been pulling her hair out all week," he said.
The Weather Service posted a coastal flood warning for southern Fairfield County, saying Friday evening's high tide could be 3 to 5 feet higher than normal in western Long Island Sound.
Kathy Niznansky, a 65-year-old teacher in Fairfield, is still recovering from flooding from Sandy and was bracing for the blizzard and the potential for more flooding Friday. Sandy, which arrived on her birthday, knocked her out of her house near the beach for two months.
"I'm really nervous," Niznansky said. "Now I'm really worried about this tide tonight. I just don't want any more flooding."
She planned to take a walk and say some prayers, "because tonight is the surge and it reminds me so much of Sandy it makes my stomach jump."
All flights in and out of Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks after 1:30 p.m. were canceled. Airport spokesman John Wallace said most morning flights arrived and departed as scheduled but about 125 flights were canceled. Tweed-New Haven Airport was shut down.
Metro-North added extra trains in the afternoon in an effort to get riders to their destinations before the worst of the storm hit.
Amtrak suspended train service between Boston and New York Friday afternoon, following the earlier cancellation of service between Springfield, Mass.
Associated Press writers John Christoffersen in Fairfield and Stephen Singer in Manchester contributed to this report.