The extreme cold is setting in around the state and sticking around for a least the next 48 hours. The temperatures are so dangerous, Governor Ned Lamont has activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol through Sunday.
New Haven’s Emergency Services Director, Rick Fontana is warning people that this is dangerous, life-threatening cold.
“Make sure all your body parts are covered especially the elderly and children because in 3-5 minutes you can have the effects of frostbite,” Fontana told News 8.
The deep freeze is also bringing with it brutal wind chills.
“The feel like temperatures are somewhere between -5 to -10,” Fontana added.
There is added concern for young kids out at the bus stop waiting early in the morning.
“I would want to make sure that children are made aware by their parents that if they’re going to be at the bus stop the next two days, be sure every piece of your skin is covered,” Fontana added.
Neighbors in the Elm City are bundled up and bracing for the extreme cold.
“The key is a big puffy jacket and two pairs of pants,” Matthew LeFever told News 8.
“Layers is just the answer,” Gabriel Legros added. “I actually have a full set of winter clothes – big winter coat, ski goggles, thick scarf, nice warm goves.”
“I’m sure February and March are going to be rough,” Christopher Linn added. “It’s going to be an interesting next couple of months!”
Warming centers and shelters are open all around the state. For a list of locations, click here.
The American Red Cross is also offering additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes here.