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Cities, towns open warming centers for bitter cold, strong winds

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Just one day after Connecticut experienced temperatures in the 50s, it's back to the bitter cold.

Because of the bitter cold and wind chills that could reach as low as 20 below zero, Gov. Dannel Malloy is urging communities to open warming centers for those in need.

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Temperatures will, no doubt, take a toll, not just on those spending time outside but also when it comes to treating the roads.

There was a quick blast of snow that affected parts of the state early Tuesday morning. Those snow squalls covered roads and even shut down Interstate 84 in Tolland for a period of time.

Connecticut DOT officials said that because of the bitter cold, salt on the roads to keep them from freezing doesn't always work.

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DOT officials said they have crews out on the state's roads, but they're reminding motorists to drive safe.

"There's no getting around that, no matter what we do, and we're counting on the public to do their part and take it easy out there," DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said.

As for protecting yourself, officials are telling people to dress in layers with hats and gloves and to be sure to cover your nose, face and ears to protect them from frostbite.

According to the Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Center, temperatures won't rise too much during the day Tuesday despite all of the sunshine expected, and wind chills will remain below zero.

Tuesday night is expected to be just as cold, and temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits.

There is some good news to report - the bitter cold won't last long.

By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will rise into the 20s, and by Thursday afternoon highs will be above 30 across most of the state. Weather conditions will also remain quiet until the state sees some rain or snow showers on Friday, but temperatures could be as high as 40 by then.

A number of cities and towns opened warming centers.

Bolton:

  • Bolton Town Hall, 222 Bolton Center Road, Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bentley Memorial Library, 206 Bolton Center Road, Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bolton Senior Center, 104 Notch Road, Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If Bolton residents need a ride, officials said they can call Town Hall at 860-649-8066 extension 6111 or extension 6112 before the close of business.

Stamford:

  • Stamford Government Center Lobby, 888 Washington Boulevard, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • YMCA, 909 Washington Boulevard, Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent Street, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Tuesday 8 .a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Central Fire Headquarters, 629 Main Street, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • South End Fire Station, 215 Washington Boulevard, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • West Side Fire Station, 80 Fairfield Avenue, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • East Side/Shippan Fire Station, 364 Shippan Avenue, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Woodside Fire Station, 1600 Washington Boulevard, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Belltown Fire Station, 8 Dorlen Road, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Long Ridge Fire Station, 366 Long Ridge Road, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Springdale Fire Station, 987 Hope Street, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Turn of River Fire Station, Buxton Farms Road, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winchester:

  • Winchester Town Hall, 338 Main Street, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Beardsley and Memorial Library, Munro Place, Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Blanche McCarthy Senior Center, 80 Holabird Avenue, for seniors only Tuesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open Door Soup Kitchen, 160 Main Street, Tuesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Tuesday night if the Winchester police department finds anyone on the street that is in need of shelter from the cold, they will be escorted to the YMCA, which will take them in for the overnight period. However space is very limited to no more than six people at the YMCA.

In addition, if there are any Winchester residents who are forced out of their homes due to burst pipes and are unable to stay with relatives or friends, the Red Cross should be contacted so they can assist them with temporary housing needs.

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