HAZARDOUS WEATHER ALERT: Extreme cold, wind chill advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Alert for Fairfield and the state of Connecticut on Friday, Feb. 20, due to extreme low temperatures.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for the region until 10 a.m. this morning.

Temperatures of 5 below to 5 above zero are forecast, with wind chill values as low as 30 below zero. Very cold arctic air and strong winds are combining to generate the wind chills.

The weather service warns that these extreme cold temperatures are very dangerous to those venturing outside, including pets and livestock, and can result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If people must venture outdoors, they are cautioned to wear a hat and gloves.

‘Frozen pipes and hydrants are possible’

The NWS warned of “dangerous cold to those venturing outside, including pets and livestock. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. Frozen pipes and hydrants are possible.”

On Friday in Fairfield, the daytime high will be 15 degrees and the overnight low into Saturday around 2-below-zero.

Snow, ice, rain begins Saturday

It will be warmer during the day on Saturday, with a high near 28 degrees, but snow should arrive in the late afternoon and possible combine with freezing rain at night. The chance for precipitation is 90%, the NWS said.

From 2 to 4 inches of snow, plus a layer of ice, is possible in Fairfield from late Saturday into Sunday morning, according to the NWS.

A wintry mix is expected Sunday, including rain, with a high temperature in the mid-30s. The precipitation could change back to snow on Sunday night, the NWS said.

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