Governor Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol as Record-Setting Temperatures Arrive for Thanksgiving

With potentially the coldest Thanksgiving on record forecast for Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy has activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol.

The protocol is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning. The activation means the state will coordinate with Connecticut’s network of shelters. There will be shelters and warming centers open around the state. Those looking for a warm place to go can contact 211 or visit

Timing out the Arctic Blast, How Cold Will It Feel?

Temperatures are expected to be bitterly cold as a strong Canadian high-pressure system dips down over New England sending temperatures from the 40s early in the week into the 20s by Thanksgiving.

Dangerously cold air will be in place Thanksgiving morning and into the afternoon. Wind chill values could range from -5 to -15 throughout the state.

This could also be the coldest Thanksgiving on record. Records for the Hartford area go back to 1905.

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