Governor to Active Severe Cold Weather Protocol Sunday

Gov. Ned Lamont plans to activate the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol Sunday as a storm moves through and leaves bitterly cold temperatures in its wake.

Sunday’s storm is expected to bring heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain across the region. Behind Sunday’s storm, bitterly cold air and strong winds will result in wind chills as low as -20 on Monday, creating icy conditions. Those in need of shelter from the cold can contact 211. The protocol will run from noon on Sunday through noon Wednesday.

On Thursday the governor urged residents to prepare for the storm and use caution while traveling.

“We are urging everyone in Connecticut to make plans to stay in place Saturday night and into Sunday morning, and only travel if absolutely necessary. I am also activating the Severe Cold Weather Protocol on Sunday to help the most vulnerable in our communities access shelters during this stretch of brutal cold temperatures. If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, please call 2-1-1,” Lamont wrote in a media release.

Tracking a Major Weekend Winter Storm

The Severe Cold Weather Protocol activates coordination between Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Housing (DOH) to work across the state’s network of shelters to make sure everyone has a place to go in the cold.

The NBC Connecticut meteorologists continue to track the storm and will have updates as we move closer. 

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