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Severe Cold and 6-10 Inches of Snow Headed Toward Middletown

The National Weather Service predicts snowfall will begin late Tuesday morning, with the heaviest precipitation during the afternoon and evening in southern Connecticut.

Middletown Connecticut River
Middletown Connecticut River

Middletown and the rest of Middlesex County are under a winter storm warning from noon Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Central portions of southern Connecticut are forecast to receive heavy snow with accumulations of 6 to 10 inches possible and wind with gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, directing the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Department of Housing to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’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. “I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need.”

Late Tuesday night, wind chills could be as low as 10 below zero late Tuesday night, the National Weather Service predicts, and temperatures between 11 and 21 degrees.

Snowfall will begin late Tuesday morning and continue through Tuesday night, tapering off early Wednesday morning, the NWS says the heaviest precipitation will occur Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Falling, blowing and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel and walking conditions across the area, the NWS says, possibly affecting the late afternoon and evening commute. Extreme cold and low wind chills could cause frostbite.

Middletown's warming center is open at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street, according to a press release issued by the health department.

The center will be open to the public, seven days a week, from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m.

http://middletown-ct.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/warming-center-set-to-open-nov-17-as-respite-from-cold

The lobby of the Middletown Police Department, 222 Main Street, open 24 hours a day, will serve as a warming station. Other public facilities such as City Hall and Russell Library on Broad Street during normal business hours. 

Elderly persons are encouraged to use the Middletown Senior Center on William Street. Times of operation over the weekend may change, so it is advised to call (860) 638-4540 first.

The Middletown Fire Department also offers important tips on how to successfully survive the cold.

Everett Henry March 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM
As a kid in Middletown back in the late 40s and early 50s, I remember South Farms area getting peppered with snow. Snow removal in this area was different than it is today. Many many homes did not have powered equipment that we have today. Today removing five or six inches of snow is easy. Imagine back in the late 40s and early 50s, 10 or 12 inches of snow would fall but heavy drifts from winds traveling difficult. There was nothing like back muscles to steadily grinding away snowdrifts. Those driveways that were inundated With Heavy snow only to get out next day. Somehow public schools opened the next day and the center of Middletown had huge and I mean huge mounds d in the center of Main Street. Snow removal apparatus seem to appear from nowhere sending trucks to areas to dump the snow that had covered Main Street. One particular apparatus was a belt driven snow removal machine that had trucks back under it and received the snow. Middletown does not appear to have this apparatus anymore instead uses other machines. That one particular snow removal apparatus to me meant it was winter in the city of Middletown.

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