Arctic blast puts the 'Brrr' in Bristol

Published on Friday, 10 November 2017 22:02
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Friday saw temperatures fall to a record low.

“It was the coldest air that we’ve seen in seven months,” said Mark Dixon, meteorologist at WFSB Friday. “You’d have to go back to March to find anything close. The arctic front moved in at dawn and we saw 40 mile per hour wind gusts in some areas today as well as temperatures in the 20s, the teens or in the single digits in some places in Northwest Connecticut.”

Dixon said that Friday night the temperatures hit rock bottom.

“The record for Greater Hartford is 12 degrees at this time of year and 22 degrees around Bridgeport,” he said. “Those records were set in 1955 and could fall tonight.”

However, Dixon said that the temperatures are expected to rise this weekend.

“By Saturday it will be mostly sunny and less windy with temperatures in the 40s,” he said. “By Sunday it should be back to the mid-40s. It will still be colder than the average temperature this time of year, which is 53 or 54 degrees, but not that bad.”

In Bristol, Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach has a warming center for the homeless that is open seven days a week from 1 to 5 p.m.

Pat Stebbins, president of the organization, said, “We have snacks, TV and couches to nap.”

Stebbins noted that there have been more homeless persons than usual lately, and with the cold weather there could be an influx. The shelter is getting “busier and busier,” she said.

“It’s increased so much - mostly younger people but there are elderly as well,” Stebbins said, adding that the organization is currently looking for monetary donations in addition to winter attire.

The warming center is located at St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Bristol, at 19 Jacobs St.

The warming center is through the center door of the parking lot, behind the big Brian’s Angels banner, explained Stebbins.

Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville and Southington, residents would normally be encouraged to head to the library or senior centers for shelter if they are without heat.

However, all municipal buildings were closed for the Veterans Day weekend starting Friday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Friday, 10 November 2017 22:02. Updated: Friday, 10 November 2017 22:04.