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Connecticut Sets New Record Lows With Arctic Cold

A crew of workers bundles up from head to toe to clear the snow from a Ridgefield sidewalk.
A crew of workers bundles up from head to toe to clear the snow from a Ridgefield sidewalk. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- How low can you go? For Temperatures sank to record-breaking lows in Fairfield County and across Connecticut early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Connecticut reached a record low of - 9 degrees at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks overnight, the NWS said. The previous record was minus-7, set in 1981.

A record low of 5 degrees was set in Bridgeport, the other official recording location in the state. The old record of 9 degrees was set in 2008. A record low maximum temperature of 14 degrees was also set in Bridgeport, breaking the record of 16 degrees set in 1981.

The coldest temperature recorded in the state was -18 in Norfolk in the northwest corner of the state, an area in the foothills of the Berkshires that is usually much colder that the rest of Connecticut.

Other temperatures below zero included:

  • Canaan: -13
  • Falls Village: -12
  • Thomaston: -10
  • Burlington: -9
  • Litchfield: -8
  • Millerton: -8
  • Oakville: -8
  • New Hartford: -8
  • Torrington: -7
  • Terryville: -6
  • Kent: -3

The sunshine Saturday warmed temperatures only into the mid-teens in Fairfield County. Sunday and Monday will be in the mid-40s, with rain expected, before temperatures plunge again Monday evening, with an overnight low of 5 degrees expected.

Temperatures on Tuesday will hit the teens again, before plunging again into single digits overnight.