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Deep Freeze Brings Record-Breaking Dangerous Cold To Bridgeport

A sampling of temperatures at various parts of the area at 6 a.m. Sunday.
A sampling of temperatures at various parts of the area at 6 a.m. Sunday. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — An Arctic blast gripping Fairfield County has resulted in dangerous cold that broke record-low temperature marks in some spots on Valentine's Day morning.

Temperatures on Sunday morning ranged from -9 in Danbury, with wind chills of -27, to -5 in Bridgeport, with wind chills of -24, according to the National Weather Service. New Haven and Meriden posted a low of -6, with -25 wind chills, and Waterbury hit -11 with wind chills of -29.

The previous record low for Valentine’s Day in the Bridgeport area was 3 degrees, set just last year.

The low in Central Park in Manhattan hit -1, the coldest Valentine's Day in New York City in 100 years and the second-coldest ever.

The bitter cold temperatures, couple with strong, gusty winds, are resulting in life-threatening wind chills as low as -20 to -35 degrees.

A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect through noon Sunday.

Hazards include extreme and dangerous cold; frozen pipes, frostbite and hypothermia.

The National Weather Service advises residents to wear layers, including hats and gloves; bring pets indoors; and to heat homes safely and only with indoor-approved devices.

High temperatures may hit 12 degrees under sunny skies, but wind chill values will remain between -15 and -25 with winds of 8 to 13 mph.

Sunday night will be mostly clear, with a low of about -1.

Snow is likely on Monday, mainly after 3 p.m., with a high near 32 and wind chills of 5 and 15. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent, but only about an inch of snow accumulation is expected.

Snow and freezing rain will continues Monday until 3 a.m., with rain afterward, according to the National Weather Service. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible with more ice and rain.

The high on Tuesday will be near 50, with heavy rain. A total of 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

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