The Country School in Madison will be closing at noon. Mercy High School in Middletown also will be closing at noon. Xavier High School in Middletown will be closing at noon and activities are cancelled.
The National Weather Service says a winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon until late Tuesday night for the tri-state area including southern New Haven and southern Middlesex county.
Snow accumulations of six to ten inches, and the chance of some locally higher accumulations, are possible for eastern Long Island and southeastern Connecticut. North winds could be 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.
And it will be cold. Temperatures will be in the teens to lower 20s during the day and could drop to single digits at night.
Visibilities could drop to one quarter to one half mile at times, the NWS says.
The snowfall is expected to begin late Tuesday morning and continue into Tuesday night with the heaviest snowfall expected Tuesday afternoon and evening.
"Falling, blowing,and drifting snow will cause hazardous travel and walking conditions across the area, possibly [affecting] the late afternoon and evening commute. Extreme cold and low wind chills could cause frost bite," the NWS said. "Dress appropriately."
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts on Patch, and on weather.gov.
Here is Gov. Dannel Malloy's statement about the possibility of bad weather and cold weather:
With bitter cold temperatures expected to impact the state over the next week, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, directing the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Housing (DOH) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.
“Throughout the winter season, we continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter, especially our state’s most vulnerable populations,” said Governor Malloy. “I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need.”
Under the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, DEMHS activates its WebEOC communications network – an internet-based system that allows local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
DSS and DOH coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, as well as working with existing vendors to resolve transportation issues for people needing shelter during the period of severe cold.
DMHAS, meanwhile, has teams who specialize in working with homeless people to locate those who are at risk, spread the word about the 2-1-1 system, and encourage everyone to take advantage of the safety of shelters. DMHAS is also working with shelters to assess and meet the needs of individual clients.