Extreme Cold Forecasted for Connecticut

February 1, 2023

With the extreme cold weather that is expected in the coming days, it's important to be mindful of the risks it brings to ourselves and our community.

Prolonged exposure to very cold weather increases the risk of temperature related health problems, such as frostbite and hypothermia, which is why it's important to understand the symptoms. Keeping warm indoors is critical; if you are struggling with heating costs or need advice on energy assistance programs, a number of resources are available here

I encourage you to read the Department of Public Health's cold weather guide. They also provide other information relating to winter safety and dealing with cold temperatures.

Severe Cold Weather Protocol

In response to the freezing temperatures, the Governor has activated Connecticut's Severe Cold Weather protocol. This goes into effect on Thursday, February 2 at 12:00 PM today and stays in effect until 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 5.

The cold weather protocol aims to ensure that people who may be exposed to the cold have access to shelter for this time. Warming centers and shelters will be open across our state. If you or someone you know needs shelter, please call 2-1-1 to be directed to a nearby location and transportation if necessary.

For your convenience, below are other useful links: 

Winter has been mild so far, but as the season continues, it's essential to be prepared and know how to stay safe during extreme weather events. Stay warm!