NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Dangerously cold weather will arrive in Connecticut Friday and Saturday, with wind chills making it feel close to -30 degrees, activating the state’s severe cold weather protocol from noon on Thursday, Feb. 2, through noon on Sunday, Feb 5.
Storm Team 8 expects temperatures to drop starting Thursday night. The arctic front comes through after midnight on Friday with strong winds and possible snow squalls. Temperatures will start falling into the teens by Friday afternoon, with winds increasing to 20 to 40 MPH. The wind chills in the afternoon on Friday will be 0 to -10 degrees and -10 to -30 on Friday night.
Saturday is also going to be bitterly cold, with wind chills ranging from -10 to -30.
During a severe weather protocol, state agencies and municipalities coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and shelters so that vulnerable populations are safe.
Anyone in need is urged to call 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org to find emergency shelters, warming centers, and other services.
If you need a place to warm up in East Hartford, you have a few options:
- Raymond Library at 840 Main St. is open Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Public Safety Complex (police lobby) at 31 School St. is open 24 hours.
- East Hartford Senior Center at 15 Millbrook Dr. is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
The warming center in Hamden is open from 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. Friday until noon Sunday.
- Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Ave., open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (203) 287-7100
- Keefe Community Center, 11 Pine St., open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (203) 562-5129
- Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (203) 287-2680
- Whitneyville Branch Library, 125 Carleton St., open Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., (203) 287-2677
- Brundage Community Branch Library, 91 Circular Ave., open Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., (203) 287-2675
- Hamden Police Department Lobby, 2900 Dixwell Ave., always available, (203) 230-4000
The City of Hartford is opening daytime and overnight warming centers.
- Albany Library at 1250 Albany Ave., open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 860-695-7380
- Barbour Library at 261 Barbour St., open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 860-695-7400
- Camp Field Library at 30 Campfield Ave., open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 860-695-7400
- Dwight Library at 7 New Park Ave., open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 860-695-7460
- Park Street Library @ the Lyric at 603 Park St., open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 860-695-7500
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford at 45 Wadsworth St., open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 860-527-1124
- City of Hartford Warming Center at 110 Washington St., open 7 p.m. Thursday through noon Sunday; open to adults only
- Marshall House at 333 Homestead Ave., triage services available starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, open to families with children under 18 years old and those who are 18-24 years old
In New London, city officials are working with the Homeless Hospitality Center and New London Library to announce warming centers for the public. The Daytime Hospitality Center, located at the Emergency Shelter at 325 Huntington Street, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; masks are required. Nighttime hours begin at 6 p.m., and checkout will be at 6 a.m.
A daytime warming center is also open at the New London Public Library at 63 Huntington Street in the Adult Reading Room. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In Middletown, a warming shelter is located at the Wesley Inn and Suites at 988 Washington Street, Room 105, and is open 24/7. The town has other warming centers located at:
- Middletown Police Station lobby at 222 Main Street, open 24/7
- Middletown City Hall lobby at 245 deKoven Drive will be open on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Middletown Senior Center at 61 Durant Terrace will be open on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Russell Library at 123 Broad Street will be open on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen at 617 Main Street will be open Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In Stratford, several warming centers will be located throughout the area:
- Birdseye Municipal Complex is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 468 Birdseye Street
- Stratford Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 2203 Main Street
- Baldwin Center is open Monday through Friday from 8: a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1000 W Broad Street
- YMCA is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3045 Main Street
Call 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org to find additional emergency shelters, warming centers, and other services.