Snow comes to an end, deep-freeze beginsPosted: Updated:
As the snow from Winter Storm Chester comes to an end, bitter cold air will begin to tighten its grip on Connecticut.
Total snowfall accumulations ranged from 1 to 4 inches in northwestern Connecticut to 6 to 12 inches to the south and east of Hartford.
The greater Hartford area only received between 2 to 4 inches of snow from Chester.
As the snow finally makes it exit, the next big weather story is going to be the bitter cold. The sun is expected to make an appearance on Wednesday but that won't do much good, Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Meteorologist Scot Haney said.
Highs on Wednesday will only make it into the teens across most of the state, and the wind chill will frequently make it feel like it's below zero.
On Wednesday night, the mercury will drop below zero in most towns.
The deep freeze is expected to remain in Connecticut for the remainder of the work week with high temperatures will be in the teens to 20, and low temperatures will range from negative 10 to 10.
Because of the cold weather that's expected, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Monday that he has activated the state's Severe Cold Weather Protocol, directing state agencies to coordinate with 211 and the state's network of shelters to ensure that the state's most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.
"Throughout the winter season, we continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter, especially our state's most vulnerable populations," Malloy said in a statement. "I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 211 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need."
During the state's Severe Cold Weather Protocol, state officials activate an internet-based system that will allow local, state and regional emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions.
The system is also used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state and will assist 211 in finding shelters for those who need one.
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