Durham, Middlefield 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.