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Governor activates cold weather protocol

As temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits and teens, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that he would activate the state's Severe Weather Protocol at noon Friday.

It will be in effect until noon Saturday, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Staff at state agencies will work with the United Way and a network of shelters to assist anyone needing relief from the cold. For a list of shelters across the state, call 211 or visit

“We’ve been a bit lucky so far this season with relatively mild temperatures as compared to normal, but a blast of freezing cold air will be heading in our direction on Friday night,” Lamont said in the release. “Being outdoors in these extreme cold conditions for extended periods is not safe, and we must spread the word that shelters are available throughout Connecticut."

The protocol also allows first responders and local, regional, state and federal agencies to share information about conditions.

For additional emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CTPrepares website,, or download the app in the Apple App or Google Play stores.


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