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Frigid temperatures lead to snow on Monday

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The state woke up to record breaking cold temperatures on Sunday morning.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron said Sunday morning was about "as cold as cold gets."

“Most towns had lows below -10 degrees, many were below -15 degrees and several were below -20,” Cameron said.

Official records were broken at Bradley International Airport, where the coldest reading was -12 degrees, and in Bridgeport where it was -6 degrees.

As the morning went on, the wind chills got closer to 0 and temperatures slowly moved into the single digits, above 0 degrees.

Temperatures climbed a little above 0 degrees during the afternoon, but are expected to fall again overnight.

While the temperatures will be cold again overnight, the wind chills will not be nearly as low as they were on Sunday morning.

Anyone heading out for Valentine’s Day celebrations should exercise caution.

Mike has some helpful tips for dealing with the frigid weather: 

  • Dressing in layers in a way you will stay dry
  • Covering every single square inch of skin if you plan on being outside for more than a minute
  • Limiting "outside time" for pets to just essential "pet functions,"
  • Mandating kids play inside
  • Making sure your carbon monoxide detector is working; with the house closed up tight and with heating at a maximum, there could be a danger of CO build-up.  

The bitter cold caused Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to activate the severe cold weather protocol on Thursday afternoon and it will remain in effect until Monday morning.  By using the protocol, several state departments will work together with 211 to make sure the residents who need to get out of the cold are ensured shelter this weekend. 

To protect residents from the brutal cold, several cities and towns opened warming centers. To get to a full list, click here

Relief will come on Monday when temperatures rise to nearly 30 degrees.

However, a coastal storm is developing, and could bring a mixed bag of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to the state Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory has already been issued to begin at 1 p.m. on Monday for the entire state.

Temperatures on Monday morning will rise steadily, and by noon they should be crossing through the teens.

However, the afternoon will bring snow, starting in the southwestern part of the state.

"Roads will quickly turn slippery, as all surfaces are super-cooled from this recent arctic blast," Cameron said.

Snow will turn to sleet and freezing rain overnight, and accumulations in most areas will range between 1 inch and 3 inches, with higher amounts northwest of Hartford.

"Plain rain will start to develop in southeastern Connecticut as warmer air is successful in working into the lowest altitudes due to an increasing southerly wind," Cameron said.

The switch to plain rain will happen on Tuesday morning, and temperatures will climb to the upper 40s and lower 50s.

There is a concern for flooding, especially with the snow cover and heavy rain combination.

To read the complete Technical Discussion, click here.

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