Update – Big Chill Arrives in Connecticut & Northeast
Posted on February 13, 2016
Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
(Update 2/14/2016 Sunday 5:30 a.m.: A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until noon today. Current temperatures in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut region are hovering around minus 10 degrees – my outside thermometer which is slightly sheltered is reading +4 degrees. It is described as “dangerously” cold outdoors with alerts to avoid exposing skin to the frigid temperatures – clearly weather best suited to snowmen! FOX 61 reports “The Wind Chill Warning for the state will expire at noon, as winds back down to just a breezy 10-15 mph.” )
It is a good weekend to hunker down and stay inside in Connecticut and much of the Northeast. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for the Hartford area, indicating that winds strong enough to topple large tree limbs will ensue this afternoon. Overnight and into Sunday morning sub-zero temperatures could drop to minus 30 degrees due to the wind chill factor.
Records could be broken. Under such extreme conditions frostbite can occur within ten minutes, according to the service.
Warming centers have been opened across the state including some 16 sites in the capital city alone. Dial 2-1-1 for detailed information. WFSB reports that in some areas police officers are locating the homeless and bringing them to the warming centers.
In the aftermath of a snowstorm which dropped a foot of snow in parts of Connecticut last Friday after weeks of unseasonably warm weather – the ‘Big Chill’ has now arrived.