DANBURY -- Area towns began digging out Saturday from a historic blizzard that brought about 20 inches of snow to Greater Danbury and 3 feet or more to other parts of the state "It wasn't as bad as the Blizzard of 1888,'' Gary Lessor, director of The Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. "But I'd rank it above the Blizzard of 1978. I'd say it was number two.'' According to the National Weather Service, as of noon on Saturday, 21.5 inches of snow had fallen on Danbury. Farther notheast, by 8 a.m., Roxbury was covered by 22 inches. Newtown had 17.1 inches when its snowfall was measured at 10 a.m. Police said there was one storm-related death in New Milford, where a man died of a heart attack while clearing his Wade's Landing driveway of snow. And Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted that there was a storm-related death in the city. Police confirmed that a man died because of medical reasons outside his home on Forest Avenue, but said if was unclear Saturday morning if the blizzard contributed to his death. The names of the two men who died were not immediately available. Because Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered motorists off all state roads, most people stayed inside, making plowing easier. Some towns hoped to have all their roads cleared by noon. Other town leaders said the work might last until late Saturday afternoon. By midday, the driving ban was largely being ignored as motorists began navigating the drifts and snow piles to attend to errands. Lessor said the storm was an intense one. Snow started falling at around 7 a.m. Friday, with about 6 inches accumulated by nightfall. But by Friday evening, snow started falling at the rate of an inch or two an hour. "There were reports in New Haven County of snow coming down at 4 to 6 inches an hour,'' Lessor said. By the time the snow ended at 10 a.m. Saturday, there was a covering of about 20 inches in the Danbury area. In Litchfield County, totals reached a 2 feet or more. The entire storm lasted about 27 hours, so that many towns ended up averaging about an inch of snow an hour for the blizzard's duration -- or more. Greater New Milford bore the brunt of the storm well. Public works and highway crews in the seven area towns reported that all major roads were open early Saturday, and a full opening of secondary roads was anticipated by early evening. New Milford Public Works Director Mike Zarba said it was difficult to calculate the depth of the snow because there was so much drifting. "All of the Main roads are open and we're working on secondary roads now," Zarba said early Saturday afternoon. "Every road has had at least one pass by the plows. When the final roads are opened, crews will begin pushing snow back off the sides of all of the roads. Right now, the passageways may seem a bit narrower to drivers." Lessor said that in parts of New Haven, southern Hartford County and Middlesex County, about 3 feet of snow fell. "The most I've heard was 38 inches in Milford,'' he said. Along with the snow, there were constant winds of 35 mph or more that blew through the state, causing big drifts, presenting road crews with problems. "We plow the roads and the wind blows the snow back,'' said Redding First Selectman Natalie Ketcham. Paul Estefan, director of Danbury Municipal Airport, said the airport would remain closed Saturday and Sunday because drifts on the runways. "There are no buildings here to stop the snow,'' Estefan said. However, most area selectmen counted themselves and their towns lucky Saturday. While their roads crews had to work through much of the night, there were few reports of accidents or cars engulfed in snow stopping traffic. More importantly, there are almost no power outages. Only one area town -- Southbury, where a tree in the Purchase area of town fell on a line -- had more than a scattering. New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy said the extensive work towns and utilities have been doing to clear problem trees probably helped. But she also said the blizzard's high winds blew the light snow off of tree limbs, sparing them from bearing any extra weight. "Look at the trees," Murphy said. "There is no snow in them -- even the evergreens." After the three hard storms over the course of 2011 and 2012 which resulted in widespread power outages, area leaders were grateful to be largely spared by this blizzard. "We needed a break,'' said New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge.