Ahead of the bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills expected, Gov. Dannel Malloy is activating the state’s severe cold weather protocol later this week.
The Severe Cold Weather Protocol will begin on Thursday evening, and remain in effect through Saturday morning.
This is the first time the protocol has been activated this season.
By dawn on Thursday, temperatures will dip into the teens and lower 20s.
As for a highs on Thursday, they'll range from the upper teens in the Litchfield Hills to the low and mid-20s elsewhere, Channel 3 meteorologists said. Developing wind will make it feel even colder.
The weather will get dangerously cold as the core of the arctic air moves into the area on Thursday night.
The wind chills then would range from 5 below zero to 20 below, perhaps 25 below in the Litchfield Hills.
Friday is also expected to be bitterly cold with temperatures expected to stay in the teens or low-20s.
The wind will die down by Friday night, but temperatures will drop into the single digits for parts of the state.
“As we experience our first bitterly cold weather of the winter season, I am activating our severe cold weather protocol to initiate essential services that will help protect our most vulnerable,” Governor Malloy said in a press release. “Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available locations. I am also encouraging local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to assist people in need.”
Safety Tips for extreme cold: Dress in warm layers. Wear a hat and gloves and warm boots. Stay indoors out of the cold as much as possible.— CTDESPP/DEMHS (@CTDEMHS) December 14, 2016
The protocol helps to direct staff from the state’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Housing (DOH) "to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable populations are protected from the severe cold weather," a press release said.
This includes the following actions:
In addition to being able to call 2-1-1 over the telephone, a regularly updated list of open shelters and warming centers across the state is made available online at www.211ct.org.
The Hartford Fire Department posted reminders on how to stay safe and warm during these frigid temperatures.
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