SHELTON WEATHER UPDATE: Snowflakes now falling

Some snowflakes are beginning to fall in Shelton as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

It’s part of a fast-moving system that could drop up to an inch of snow in the area during the course of the afternoon, ending around 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Below zero temps Wednesday night

Meanwhile, the region is bracing for extremely cold weather that will arrive late Wednesday, with an overnight low of -2 expected in Shelton on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The daytime high on Thursday should be 14 degrees, the NWS said.

This morning, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol in anticipation of wind chills below zero around the state, over the next few days and nights.

Protecting the most vulnerable

The protocol directs certain state agencies to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations are protected from the severe cold weather.

The actions involve the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Department of Housing.

The protocol is effective from today, Jan. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 10.