There is a small craft advisory for ocean waters until 1 p.m. Friday, and there is a gale warning in effect for winds gusting up to 35 knots from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday, the weather service said. In the freeze watch areas, temperatures will drop into the lower 30s for several hours early Saturday morning.
Because of the cold and snow, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory for snow in parts of the Great Lakes and a Freeze Watch from North Carolina to CT for the record cold. The city's high temperature for Friday will be 37 degrees, nearly 20 degrees below the normal high for that date. The current record for the date is 19 degrees set November 11, 1954 and '56. The predicted low is around 27 or 28 degrees.
A cold front hit the Northeast early this week, dropping temperatures 15 to 20 degrees from Monday into Tuesday, Garrett said.
It won't last forever.
But the NWS predicts all corners of the state will see wind gusts around 30 miles per hour during the day Friday, making the cold feel closer to freezing temperatures in the teens. The high temperatures should be below freezing on Friday in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
According to the weather service, the record low in the Hartford area for November 10 is 18 degrees, set in 2004, and the record low for November 11 is 12 degrees, set in 1956.