After damaging wind, comes the deep freeze in CT
Thousands of people are without power, many roads blocked and and Metro-North service disrupted after a strong storm swept through Connecticut late Thursday and early Friday.
Strong winds gusting to more than 50 mph, downed trees and power lines.
Highest wind gusts were 59 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford; 54 mph at Tweed-New Haven Airport and New London; 51 mph at Danbury airport; 48 mph in Chester; 45 mph in Meriden; and 43 mph at Oxford airport.
The Eleanor Street neighborhood in Stratford was hit hard after trees took down power lines and damaged a vehicle and a house.
In New Haven, Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana said the city experienced heavy wind and rain with gusts at 50 mph during the night and early morning.
“There are a total of nine tree locations and some with wires and NHPD holding those locations. Parks has a total of six tree crews today and two equipment operators handling the issues. There are no blocked streets at this time. The Olive Street power feeder was down with over 1,400 outages, although many restored,” Fontana said.
“Fire headquarters is still on generator power for now. Some numbers of outages may increase as make safe and repair crews isolate and repair issues. Rain is gone but wind will stay with us today. We do not expect any long delays for outages to be restored.”
Many schools are closed or have delayed openings because of power outages and blocked roads.
After the wind subsides Friday, temperatures will drop 20 degrees, causing frosty conditions across most of Connecticut late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
In just four hours, temperatures dropped 20 degrees since 2 a.m Friday. Oxford reached a high temperature of 68 degrees just before 2 a.m. By 6 a.m, temperaures fell 22 degrees to a chilly 46. The wind chill was 39 degrees.
A Freeze Watch has been posted for Connecticut from late tonight through Saturday morning. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as the upper 20s are forecast for interior Connecticut. The shoreline will have lows in the mid-30s.
Connecticut remains under a Wind Advisory until noon Friday.
High pressure will build into the region today, allowing for clear to mostly clear skies.
Conditions will be windy however, as low pressure in southeastern Canada strengthens. West winds could gust to 45 to 50 mph, with the best chances for northwestern portions of the area.
Winds will diminish throughout the morning.
Cooler air will work in behind a cold front the moved through last night, allowing for below normal highs today. Highs will range from the upper 40s to middle 50s.
Light winds and clear skies will allow for temperatures to drop to below freezing for portions of the area tonight.