Emergency warming shelters are opening across Connecticut as the state prepares for dangerously cold temperatures.
The National Weather Service said the temperature overnight Thursday could reach the low single digits, with the wind chill as low as 16 below zero.
Governor Dannel Malloy said he is activating the state's severe cold weather protocol from Thursday evening until Saturday morning. Malloy commented in his press release:
As we experience our first bitterly cold weather of the winter season, I am activating our severe cold weather protocol to initiate essential services that will help protect our most vulnerable. Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available locations. I am also encouraging local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to assist people in need.
The protocol allows emergency managers and other officials to more easily coordinate with community providers to help find shelter space for those who need it.
The weather service warned of high winds Thursday of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph during the day and 60 mph overnight, which could lead to down tree limbs and power lines, and difficult travel.
A regularly updated list of open shelters and warming centers across the state is available at 211ct.org. You can also find out where to find a shelter by dialing 211.