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Cold causes school delays, closings; rising temps, rain in forecast

January 22, 2019 GMT

It’s another bone-chilling day, but there’s some relief in sight.

Here’s what you need to know:

School delays and closings

With temperatures in the single numbers and low teens, a number of school districts have delayed openings or closures.

To see the updated school closings/delays list, click here


Just before 6 a.m., temperatures were 4 degrees in Danbury and Torrington, 6 in Oxford, 7 in Hartford and 8 in Middletown. Because winds are light, temperatures do not feel as cold as Monday.

Temperatures will rise into the mid-20s on Tuesday.


On Wednesday, temperatures will finally rise above freezing to as high as 48 degrees during the night.

What’s next, weatherwise?

“Sunshine mixes with afternoon clouds Tuesday as high pressure builds into the Tri-State Area.,” the National Weather Service says.

“It will be another colder than normal day, but not as cold as it was Monday along with much lighter winds. The high pressure system shifts east tonight with dry weather, then the next storm system approaches on Wednesday.

“This could bring the chance of freezing rain and sleet during the morning if any precipitation falls during that time. Otherwise, rain is expected to become likely west to east Wednesday afternoon into evening.”

Power outages

Eversource reports about 1,000 remaining power outages; the lion’s share - 854 - in Bethany.

For Eversource updates, click here

United Illuminating is reporting 285 outages, including 117 in Hamden, 143 in Woodbridge and a handful in East Haven, New Haven, Orange, West Haven and Stratford.

For UI updates, click here

The forecast

Today: Sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to near 15 by 10 p.m., then rising to around 23 during the remainder of the night. Light and variable wind.

Wednesday: Rain likely, mainly after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Rain. Temperature rising to around 48 by 5 a.m. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Thursday: Rain, mainly before 4 p.m. Temperature falling to around 39 by 5 p.m. South wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.