Oxford Snowstorm Central: Temps Plummeting [Updated]

The latest information on how the snow storm and arctic temperatures are impacting schools, roads and businesses in town, region and state.

A snowy scene in Connecticut. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
A snowy scene in Connecticut. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Update as of 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 3:

Temperatures in Oxford are expected to plummet tonight into tomorrow to as low as five below zero. Winds will diminish a bit, but may still gust up to 20 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

"Wind chills below zero could lead to frostbite or hypothermia for anyone exposed to the cold," the weather service warns in a special statement

On Saturday, temperatures will climb back into the 20s, but it will still feel like below zero with the wind chill.

And on Sunday into Monday, a wintry mix consisting mostly of rain is in the forecast.

Update as of 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 2:

The Oxford Public Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 3. All school activities are cancelled, too.

Update as of 7 p.m. on Jan. 2:

Oxford town hall, library and senior center will open late Friday, Jan. 3 — at 11 a.m.

Update as of 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 2:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered the partial opening of the State Emergency Operations Center.

Our original report follows:

Oxford Public Schools will have an early dismissal today, Jan. 2, due to the impending snow storm.

The storm is expected to dump up to a foot of snow over the next 36-48 hours, according to forecasts.

Know of any other local closures? Let everyone know in the comments.

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Did You Know?

There's a new law that requires Connecticut residents to clean the snow off their vehicles, or face a fine.

Justin Che Wilkin January 02, 2014 at 10:47 PM
The date tomorrow is actually January 3rd, not 4th.
Chuck Anziulewicz January 03, 2014 at 07:04 AM
"Hercules?" What gives you the impression this snow storm has a name? Since when have snow events EVER had names? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given to them by the appropriate government agency. Snow storms do NOT have names. The National Weather Service (NWS) hasn't named the snow, nor has the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Neither the NWS, NOAA, nor anyone I know is referring to this storm as "Hercules." Oh, WAIT A MINUTE. You must be referring to The Weather Channel. Yes, in what can only be described as a shameless, pretentious publicity stunt, they have taken it upon themselves to start naming every snow event that comes along, and in the process they have become a bit of a laughingstock. Who knows? Maybe this summer, when things have started quieting down, they'll start naming HEAT WAVES! We are experiencing a snow storm, not "Hercules." Please stop pandering to The Weather Channel's sense of self-importance. This snow was NOT named by the National Weather Service!
Joe Blow January 04, 2014 at 11:36 AM
How's that "global warming" scam workin' out for ya now?


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