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Thousands in CT still without power in bitter cold

January 21, 2019

The day after snow, freezing rain and strong winds, we’re now in the deep freeze.

Here’s the latest:

UPDATE: 6:19 AM

The forecast:

M.L.King Day: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 10. Wind chill values between -10 and -20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 1. Wind chill values between -5 and -10. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values between -10 and zero. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

UPDATE: 6:11 AM

Think it’s cold here?

The summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire has a wind chill of minus 48 degrees. The actual temperature is minus 15 with the wind blowing at 33 mph, according to the Mount Washington Observatory.

UPDATE: 6:07 AM

From Metro-North: Please use caution when traveling today including paying extra attention when walking on slippery surfaces and always hold the handrail.

In observance of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, Metro-North Railroad will operate on an enhanced Saturday schedule that includes 40 additional trains.

For details, click here

UPDATE: 6:03 AM

Dispatchers said Millbrook Road in Middletown is still closed as local police continue to investigate an accident that killed an Eversource sub-contractor Sunday afternoon as he was working to restore power to the area.

The ID of the worker has not yet been released.

Other than that, Middletown police are reporting no major issues this morning and no other roads are closed.

UPDATE: 6:01 AM

Snowfall was greatly below earlier forecasts.

The state’s highest snowfall total was in Granby with 7.2 inches.

New Fairfield was at the top of the Fairfield County’s snowfall list with 4.5 inches. About an inch fell at the shoreline.

For snowfall totals, click here

Ski resorts in northern New England had up to two week of snow. For conditions, click here

UPDATE: 5:50 AM

Major roads like I-95, I-91, I-84 and the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkway are in good shape with snow and ice removed. Entrance and exits ramps remain slippery.

Use caution on local roads.

State Police dispatchers in Litchfield reported several trees down in Woodbury Sunday night, but most were cleaned up by 1 a.m. “It’s cold,” said one Troop L dispatcher. Otherwise as of 5 a.m. all was quiet. There were a few spin outs Troup L dealt with Sunday but the biggest issue was downed trees and wires, the dispatcher said. “Overall it hasn’t been too bad,” he said. “There may be one section of Sherman Hill that is still blocked but Eversource was on it.”

All was quite in the north central part of the state, said dispatchers at Troop H which patrols the Hartford area. “So far we’re okay,” a Troop H dispatcher said at 5 a.m. “We cleaned up everything overnight.”

Travel will be light this morning because it’s the Martin Luther King holiday.

UPDATE: 5:41 AM

Just before 6 a.m., it was minus 8 in Torrington, minus 2 degrees at Oxford airport with a wind chill of -20 degrees. In Danbury, it was 2 degrees with a windchill of -13 degrees. Along the shoreline, it was 5 degrees at Tweed/New Haven Airport and it was 7 degrees at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Very cold wind chills expected, with wind chills 15 below to as low as 20 below zero. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

To view a map of temperatures across Connecticut, click here

UPDATE: 5:36 AM

With temperatures below zero or in the single numbers more than 10,000 customers are still without power Monday morning.

Eversource is reporting about 8,000 outages, most in western Connecticut. The highest number of outages were reported in Bethany (2,290) Seymour (1,148), Oxford (814) Middletown, Newtown (647)

“We haven’t seen an ice storm like this in Connecticut in many years. The ice buildup on electric lines and tree branches can be devastating to the electric system, with tree limbs falling onto power lines,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst. “We have a large contingent of our crews working in the communities hit hardest by this storm. We strive to always be there for our customers when they need us, and we are focused on safely restoring service to all of those affected.”

For Eversource updates, click here

Just before 5:30 a.m. United Illuminating is reporting outages near 3,500 outages. Hardest hit was Hamden with 2,364 followed by North Haven with 436, New Haven with 246. UI outages are reported in Orange, Shelton, Trumbull and West Haven. For the latest UI updates, click here.

Jim Shay and Lisa Backus contributed to this report.

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