FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A potentially devastating storm that had threatened to bring more snow to Fairfield County this weekend will miss the region for the most part, but the forecast still calls for a chance of flurries, according to the National Weather Service .
The news is a welcome relief to most residents of Fairfield County, which endured two snowstorms this week, including one with freezing rain and sleet, as well as frigid single-digit temperatures and black ice. One meteorologist is calling this a "good old-fashioned winter." Read about that here on the Daily Voice.
Clouds will overrun the area Saturday as the day wears on with a high temperature of about 29 degrees. It will drop into the teens on Saturday night with a slight chance of light snow. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
It will remain cloudy Sunday, with a 40 percent chance of snow showers and a high of 26 degrees. Temperatures will dive back into the teens Sunday night with a 30 percent chance of a passing snow shower.
With the continued bitter cold during the night, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol.
“As New Englanders, we know the winter season often brings bitter cold temperatures that put our most vulnerable residents at risk,” said Malloy. “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.”
While activated, the protocol directs 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 population is protected from the severe cold.
The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.