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Wind chills could drop as far as -25, cause power outages

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A snow squall have New Britain a quick coat of snow Thursday morning. (Amanda OGarth/iWitness photo) A snow squall have New Britain a quick coat of snow Thursday morning. (Amanda OGarth/iWitness photo)
A snow squall moved through Torrington during the 7 a.m. hour on Thursday. (WFSB photo) A snow squall moved through Torrington during the 7 a.m. hour on Thursday. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Very cold air and potentially damaging wind continues to move through the state.

With that cold air comes the chance for a snow shower of heavy snow squall overnight, into Friday morning.

In some locations, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said there could be a quick coating to 1 inch of snow.

Track any snow showers with Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler here.

Gusts of up to 65 mph may drive wind chill values to between -10 and -25 degrees.

"We already had a gust to 54 mph in Hampton today and a gust to 50 mph at New London Ledge Light," DePrest said, adding that gusts from 50 to 60 mph are likely Thursday evening and overnight, and there may be isolated gusts as high as 65 mph.  

A wind chill advisory will be in effect for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. on Friday.

A wind advisory is in place for northern Fairfield, northern Litchfield, northern Middlesex, northern New Haven and northern New London counties.

A high wind warning is in effect for Hartford, northern Fairfield, northern Middlesex, northern New Haven, northern New London, Tolland and Windham counties.

Gov. Dannel Malloy activated the state's severe cold weather protocol, which began on Thursday evening.

Malloy said anyone in need of shelter can dial 211 or click here to find the nearest warming shelter. He also urged communities to open warming centers or other facilities to help people in need.

A list of local warming shelters can also be found here.

DePrest said the actual air temperature will drop to between 0 and 12 degrees Thursday night, but wind chill temperatures will plunge to -10 to -20, perhaps even -25 in portions of Litchfield County.

"This is dangerous cold weather, not only for us, but for our pets as well. Be sure to shelter them from the cold winds," DePrest said.

It'll be brutal at the bus stop on Friday morning, with sub-zero wind chills.

Several school districts have issued delays for Friday morning.

Check the Closings & Delays here.

DePrest said weather conditions will gradually improve throughout the day on Friday, and the wind will become less intense.

Afternoon highs will only range from 15 to 25 degrees, and wind chill readings will rise above zero during the afternoon.

As for the weekend, there's the possibility for some plowable snow Friday night into Saturday.

Before that transition, the state could see anywhere between 1 and 4 inches of snow. There could be 3 to 6 inches in the higher elevations.

A southerly flow will warm things up and switch the precipitation over to rain.

To read the complete technical discussion, click here.

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