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Early Warning Weather Day

Wind chills of -10 to -20 are on the way

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Due to a brutal combination of cold and wind in the forecast for CT, Channel 3 declared Wednesday an Early Warning Weather Day.

"It is a brutal combination of cold and wind that is on the way in less than 24 hours," Channel 3 Meteorologist Mark Dixon said. 

A Wind Chill Advisory was issued for all of northern Connecticut from 7 p.m. on Wednesday to 1 p.m. on Thursday. 

"Wind chill temperatures will drop to between zero and -20," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

Thermometers will be in the single digits Wednesday evening, and overnight lows are expected to range from -2 to 10 degrees.

Thursday will be bright and sunny, but windy and bitterly cold, DePrest said.

Highs will only be in the teens across most of the state, while temperatures might not rise out of the single digits in the northwest hills.

Wind chill temperatures will be below zero throughout the day, and the northwest wind will gust as high as 30 mph.

"There is a good chance records will be broken for the coldest high temperature for December 28th. The record for the Greater Hartford Area is 18 degrees, set in 1924.  The record for Bridgeport is 24 degrees, set in 1960," DePrest said.

The wind will become lighter Thursday night, and temperatures will drop into the single digits, above and below zero.

Friday is cold, but not quite as cold as Thursday.

Saturday's forecast is still uncertain.

One model keeps the state dry, but the European model is forecasting snow.

"For now, we are keeping snow in the forecast for Saturday, but that could change and we will be sure to keep you updated," DePrest said.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy activated the state's Severe Weather Protocol, which will remain in effect until Jan. 2.

“With bitter cold temperatures expected over the next couple of days, we must all take precautions and continue to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Malloy said in a press release.  “If anyone is in need of shelter, call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available location.  I also encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to assist those in need.”

The protocol directs staff from various state departments to coordinate with 2-1-1 and shelters across the state to make sure people are protected during the bitterly cold stretch.  

In Hartford, Mayor Luke Bronin provided information about several daytime warming centers all over the city that are open during business hours. The Willie Ware Community Center where was open in the overnight hours. Warming centers provide a warm place to sit and items such as water, food, coats, and hats are available for those in need. 

For a complete list of shelters and warming centers, click here or call 2-1-1.

There's some uncertainty when it comes to a possible coastal storm on Saturday. One model keeps the state dry on Saturday, but the European model has some snow predicted.

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