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CT to activate severe cold weather protocol

January 29, 2019

The statewide severe cold weather protocol will be activated for Connecticut from Wednesday to Sunday as bitter cold temperatures are expected to move into the area.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday he would activate the protocol starting at noon Wednesday and lasting through noon Sunday.

The protocol directs staff from state agencies to coordinate with 211 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that those who need shelter during the frigid temperatures are able to find it.

Available shelters across the state can be found by calling 211 or visiting www.211ct.org.

“A brutally cold stretch of weather is expected to impact our state again in the coming days,” Lamont said. “We need to spread the word to the most vulnerable in our communities that the conditions will become too dangerous to spend extended periods of time outdoors.”

The National Weather Service said a cold front with developing low pressure will push into the area Tuesday night. The temperatures were turn bitter Wednesday morning with lows mainly in the 20s along the coast and middle and upper teens for areas more north.

Wednesday, the cold front will likely drop some snow showers and some possible localized heavier snowfall, the weather service said. Temperatures will hover around the mid-and upper-20s.

By Thursday morning, temperature will fall somewhere in the single digits, possibly hitting below zero. Wind chills will rang between 20 and 10 degrees below zero across the region. During the day Thursday, temperatures will not climb out of the teens, with wind chill near or below zero.

Temperatures will be in the low-20s on Friday, dropping into the teens that night. Saturday, temperatures will rise to around 31 degrees, dropping back into the low-20s by nighttime. But by Sunday, temperatures are back up to the 40s.

This is the second time this month the cold weather protocol has needed to be activated. The last activation was from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23.

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