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Westport storm update: Snow not so bad, but brrrace for deep freeze

Updated 12:40 pm, Friday, January 3, 2014

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  • Shovelers all over downtown on Friday tackled the carpet of 5 to 7 inches of snow dropped on the town overnight to get ready for business. Photo: Jarret Liotta / Westport News contributed
    Shovelers all over downtown on Friday tackled the carpet of 5 to 7 inches of snow dropped on the town overnight to get ready for business. Photo: Jarret Liotta

 

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Winter acted like it was supposed to Thursday and early Friday, dropping 5 to 7 inches of wind-whipped snow on Westport and the rest of southwestern Connecticut.

Schools were closed and the Westport Library opened an hour later than usual.

What was not so typical -- at least for winters in these parts -- is the bone-chilling temperatures the storm has left in its wake today and overnight into tomorrow.

The National Weather Service warned that record low temperatures are possible over the next two days, with wind-chill values well below zero"

The combination of temperatures ranging from the single digits to 15 degrees, with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph, gusting from 30 to 35 mph, can produce winds chills below zero that could cause frost bite or hypothermia for anyone exposed to the cold, the NWS warns.

The extreme cold is expected to ease Saturday with temperatures hitting high in the mid-20s, and Sunday -- although a mix of rain and snow is possible -- the temperatures could rise to about 40 degrees.