There’s no relief in sight from the deep freeze.
Gary Lessor, meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University’s Weather Center, said Wednesday the extreme cold is here to stay for at least two weeks, and possibly into the middle of February.
Snow accumulations from Wednesday’s storm varied greatly around the state, with Meriden receiving about 6½ inches, Wallingford getting 8.3 inches and Southington seeing just four inches, Lessor said.
One of the main factors in the storm was the light, fluffy snow being blown around and compressed by the high winds, Lessor said. In North Haven, where the accumulation reach almost 10 inches, Lessor said residents reported the snow was about five inches deep in the morning after all the compression from the wind over night.
In terms of the snow and ice, “what you see is what you get,” Lessor said. It won’t be melting and refreezing, it’s just going to stay frozen, Lessor said. For the rest of the week the temperatures are forecast in the 15 to 20 degree range for the daytime highs, and zero to five degrees below overnight, Lessor said. More snow is possible this afternoon, a light snow on Saturday and possibly more on Monday, but nothing significant, Lessor said.
The temperatures this time of year are normally between 38 degrees for the high and 18 degrees for the low, but because of the polar vortex temperatures are between 10 and 15 degrees below the normal range, Lessor said.
The polar vortex is shifting in a “wobbly” circle, and each time it circles around, the Northeast is going to feel the full impact of the chill, Lessor said.
Authorities Wednesday reported few incidents related to the storm. Police and fire crews reported a slow night with not many incidents. Schools in Southington and Cheshire opened after a 90-minute delay Wednesday while classes were canceled in Wallingford and Meriden.
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