Extreme Cold Forecasted for Connecticut
Extreme cold weather is expected in the coming days, which is why 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. With how quickly this can occur, it's important to recognize and understand these 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.
In response to the freezing temperatures, the Governor has activated Connecticut's Severe Cold Weather protocol. This goes into effect at 12:00 PM on Thursday, February 2 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 more information, visit the 2-1-1 website.
For your convenience, below are other useful links:
- CT Prepares: News and updates.
- Eversource Storm Safety: Helpful safety tips
- 2-1-1 connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and over the phone.
- CDC Natural Disasters and Severe Weather: Important information about preparing for and managing extreme weather.
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!