(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, February 2, 2023, Mayor Rilling announced that temperatures will rapidly fall this evening into Saturday day with wind gusts that will bring a chill to the City. Mayor Rilling shared information regarding the City’s warming centers and encourages anyone needing further support or overnight shelter to call 2-1-1.
Beginning this evening, the forecast projects temperatures will reach a low of 21 degrees with wind chill values between 15 and 20 miles per hour (mph). After midnight, Southwest winds will arrive, bringing 14 to 17 mph wind gusts.
By Friday day, temperatures will drop and reach 13 degrees with wind chill values between -5 and 5 degrees and wind gusts as high as 36 mph. By Friday evening, wind chills will reach -10 and -15 degrees, with wind gusts as high as 40 mph. On Saturday, temperatures will reach a high near 24 with windchill values at 10 to 15 mph. On Saturday night, temperatures will rise to around 27 degrees; by Sunday, temperatures will reach a high of 43 degrees.
Anyone in need of shelter should call 2-1-1. Calling 2-1-1 will allow community members to connect with local shelters and access transportation support to a shelter or community-based providers.
In addition to contacting 2-1-1 for assistance, residents in need of warming options can access the following:
- The Main Library and South Norwalk Library;
- The Norwalk Police Department Community Room; and
- The SoNo Collection Mall or movie theaters.
If possible, the City also recommends residents in need of shelter consider visiting friends and family members who have access to warm, secure living spaces during this period.
Additionally, with the high winds, power outages are possible. Residents are encouraged to prepare for power outages. This includes having mobile devices charged and flashlights and lightsticks if needed. Do not run generators inside your home or use grills, ovens or stoves as heating sources.
The National Weather Service will issue watches and warnings as conditions change and residents should monitor conditions. FEMA and the American Red Cross have helpful apps that can provide real-time weather updates. For additional winter weather safety tips, please visit www.norwalkct.org/snow.