Severe cold expected on New Year’s Eve

Severe cold expected on New Year’s Eve

A couple of inches of snow fell in the Meriden-Wallingford area on Saturday, exacerbated by cold temperatures expected to last until Wednesday.

Gary Lessor, a meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University’s weather center, said temperatures are not expected to rise out of the teens until Wednesday, when it is expected to briefly climb into the 30s. The advance forecast calls for more cold temperatures and possible snow toward the end of the week.

“If people are heading out on New Year’s Eve you certainly want to dress in layers,” Lessor said, adding temperatures will be in the low teens with a wind chill between zero to minus- 5 degrees.

The “unseasonably cold” temperatures caused Saturday’s snow to crystallize in a way that causes it to pile up thicker, he said. With more seasonable temperatures a comparable storm would only cause about a quarter inch of accumulation.

The temperature around 9:30 a.m. Saturday was 11 degrees, with a low of 3 and a high of about 20 degrees, Lessor reported.

He also recommends people keep their pipes warm, if possible, to prevent them from bursting.

The Cheshire Fire Department reported being called to the scene of a few minor burst pipes in the days since temperatures have fallen into the teens and below.

“People will be longing for a normal January day,” by the time the cold wave passes, Lessor said. “You never seem to think 35 degrees is a nice day.”

Local police departments reported about a dozen accidents which appeared to be related to the weather. There were no serious injuries reported.


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