Severe cold weather protocol to be activated statewide
With temperatures expecting to be incredibly cold over the next few days, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday the activation of the state’s severe cold weather protocol.
The protocol is in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Friday. For a list of shelters and warming centers open throughout Connecticut, call 211 or visit www.211ct.org.
“Winter weather conditions are coming to Connecticut early this year, and the next couple of nights are expected to be brutally cold,” Malloy said in a prepared statement. “It is a priority that anyone in need receives protection from the bitter conditions, and this protocol initiates a series of procedures to ensure that shelters are available and transportation is provided to help bring people indoors.”
This is the first time this seasons the protocol has been activated.
When the protocol is enacted, it directs staff from the state’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Social Service, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Housing to coordinate with 211 and Connecticut shelters to ensure those who need shelter are protected from the cold.
A strong cold front is forecast to move across Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures expected to drop rapidly moving into the evening. Lows on Wednesday night are expected to be around 10 degrees, with wind chills between -5 degree and -10 degrees.
Sustained winds will continue Thursday, with highs expected to be around 20 degrees and a wind chill near 0 degrees all day. Thursday night, temperatures will hover around 10 degree with wind chills remaining around 0 degrees.
Moderate temperatures are forecast to return Friday, with highs near 32 degrees.