Wind chills could make temperatures feel like 15 degrees below zero Wednesday night and Thursday morning, meteorologists say.
The overnight low temperature for Wednesday night is expected to be 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts up to about 25 mph will make temperatures feel like 15 degrees below zero.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday through noon Thursday for Hartford County. Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said frostbite could occur in as little as 10 minutes if wind chills fall to 15 degrees below zero.
“Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.”
Below-freezing daily high temperatures are expected through next week. Overnight lows will be in the single digits, according to the National Weather Service.
“Basically the entire northeast corridor of the country is submerged in Arctic air,” Lessor said. Temperatures below normal are expected through the middle of January.
On Tuesday, Gov. DannelP. Malloy activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol, which will remain in effect until Jan. 2. Anyone in need of shelter is advised to call 2-1-1.
“With bitter cold temperatures expected over the next couple of days, we must all take precautions and continue to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Malloy said.
Southington has opened a warming center at the town’s library, 255 Main St. Cheshire has also opened warming centers at its library, 104 Main St., and the town senior center, 240 Maple Ave.
Lessor recommended wearing multiple light layers to stay warm and to reduce skin exposure.