NWS: Wind chills will drop to around zero degrees in CT

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A file photo of a worker pushing a cart in the parking lot of the Riverside Commons shopping center in the Riverside section of Greenwich, Conn.

A file photo of a worker pushing a cart in the parking lot of the Riverside Commons shopping center in the Riverside section of Greenwich, Conn.

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With the state set to be under a wind advisory and unseasonably cold conditions in the forecast, Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday activated Connecticut’s severe cold weather protocol until noon Tuesday.

A wind advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said strong winds “may result in tree and power line damage. Power outages will be possible. Unsecured objects may be blown around.” The weather service said there is a “low probability” of wind gusts reaching up to 55 to 60 mph Monday night. Advisory-level gusts could continue into Tuesday afternoon.

The state’s severe cold protocol, which went into effect at noon Monday, was in response to the wind advisory, which indicated gusts of 40 to 50 mph at times and frigid temperatures overnight and into Tuesday morning.

Forecasts indicate the state will see a significant drop in temperatures with wind chills near or below zero degrees across the state Monday night.

“While many of us were hoping that the brutal cold weather had ended for the season, it looks like we’re not out of the woods yet, as wind chills will be near or below zero across Connecticut tonight,” Lamont said Monday. “Shelters are open throughout the state, and we need to spread the word to the most vulnerable in our communities that these services are available.”

With the protocol in effect, state agencies and municipalities coordinate with United Way 211 and the state’s network of shelters to help those in need of shelter during the weather have a place to go.

The forecast indicates that winds will increase across the entire region late Monday afternoon and continue through Tuesday morning. The wind will start to decrease Tuesday afternoon, tapering off by evening.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211 to get connected to services or visit 211ct.org/.

The forecast indicates there will be wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees with wind gusts up to 47 mph on Monday night.

Sunny skies are in the forecast for Tuesday with a high in the mid-30s, with wind chill values between zero and 10 degrees. Wind gusts up to 37 mph are possible. By night, the wind chill values are forecast to be between 20 and 25 degrees with winds up to 13 mph.