Winter Storm Guide

The Off-Campus Student Services Office has put together a resource for students related to the impending winter storm predicated to impact Connecticut on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

We are expecting a significant winter storm to impact Connecticut beginning in the early morning on Thursday January 4th and lasting well into Thursday night. The forecast is for heavy snow, strong winds and some coastal flooding.

UConn will be closed to all students and non-essential employees tomorrow. 

Please remember to STAY INSIDE during the storm. This is NOT the time to visit friends/neighbors. Wait until after the storm and winds have passed before going out.

If you have an emergency dial 911. You can also visit the Emergency Management Website for additional tips and information.

If you need to report a power outage to Eversource, click here.

Extra Tips to Stay Safe and Prepared: 

  • Thursday morning before the storm begins heat you home higher than normal. The warmer it is the longer it will take to get cold and cause damage.
  • DO NOT leave pets outside. Keep all pets inside and outdoor breaks short and animals on leashes. This is not the time to chance them running off and their paws will hurt in the extreme cold and excess salt on the roadways.
  • If you have a generator make sure it is well away from your home, with the exhaust venting away. Make sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm.
  • Make sure you have bottled water and fill buckets to allow for flushing and washing if the power is to go out, you might not have a working well to provide water.
  • If you have a secondary heat source make sure that your chimney (and if renting, that you are allowed to use it) is safe and has been cleaned and that it is exhausting properly. Never leave a fireplace or wood stove unattended.
  • We recommend against using candles to light your home as the open flames are dangerous. Make sure you have flashlights and batteries.

Charge your cell phone and leave it charging if you can tomorrow.

As always the Police, Fire and Department of Public Works will be  working throughout the storm. Stay off the roadways and call 911 for all emergencies. You can reach the UConn Police Department at 860-486-4800.

The Town of Mansfield will open the following facilities as Warming Centers during regular hours of operation for individuals who do not have adequate heat:

  • Mansfield Senior Center:  Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Call 860-429-0262 for modified schedule during inclement weather.
  • Mansfield Community Center Sitting Room: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Call 860-429-3015 for modified schedule during inclement weather.
  • Mansfield Public Library:  Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday.
    • Call 860-423-2501 for modified schedule during inclement weather.

Those needing assistance can contact the Department of Human Services at 860-429-3315.  Information about the location of regional shelters and other services is available by dialing 211 and emergency assistance is available by calling 911. Additional warming shelters across CT can be found here: Warming Shelters in CT 

If traveling, be sure your car is prepared for the cold weather: Essential Items for Winter Travel 

Winter Parking Ban

The Town of Mansfield winter parking ban will be in effect beginning November 1st.  Per Mansfield’s Motor Vehicle & Parking Ordinance, Section 182-3, “No motor vehicle shall be parked on any public highway under the jurisdiction of the Town of Mansfield, or in any area designated as a municipal parking area, between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m., from November 1 through April 15; or at all times when there is any accumulation of snow or ice on said highways or parking areas.” This includes the on-street parking in Storrs Center including Storrs Road, Dog Lane, Elsie Marsh Way, Royce Circle and Wilbur Cross Way. On-street parking during winter storms must not impede traffic or snow removal. Cars that are found to violate the parking ban or impede plowing operations will be towed.

The Town of Mansfield Department of Public Works requests that bicycle owners refrain from leaving bicycles on sidewalks or the Town Square during snow storms or overnight. The cooperation of motorists and cyclists will aid the Public Works staff in their efforts to maintain clear roadways and sidewalks through the winter.

If you have any questions, please call our Administrative Office at 860-429-3331.

What is a Bombogenesis?

Bombogenesis is said to occur when a storm’s central barometric pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. (A millibar is a way of measuring pressure.) The lower the pressure, the more powerful the storm.