- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Emergency warming shelters are due to open across Connecticut as the state prepares for dangerously cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service says the temperature overnight Thursday could reach the low single digits, with the wind chill as low as 16 below zero.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he is activating the state’s severe cold weather protocol from Thursday evening until Saturday morning. That allows emergency managers and other officials to more easily coordinate with community providers to help find shelter space for those who need it.

The weather service is also warning of high winds Thursday of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph during the day and 60 mph overnight, which could lead to down tree limbs and power lines, and difficult travel.

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