By John Schwing

WESTPORT — As temperatures plunged overnight to bone-chilling single digits, nearly 100 Westporters have lost electric service early Saturday.

As of 6 a.m. Saturday, 88 local Eversource outages were reported, according to the power company. Overnight, more than 100 Westporters had been without power, the utility said.

More than 3,323 customers had no power in the Eversource statewide service area at 6 a.m,

Service disruptions were driven by a blast of blustery Arctic air buffeting the region from Friday afternoon, forcing temperature readings early Saturday to drop to zero, according to National Weather Service data.

Wind gusts — clocked as high as 30 mph — triggered piercing wind chill values as low as minus-20 degrees.

A “Wind Chill Advisory” issued by the NWS remained in effect until 9 a.m. Saturday, and though skies are expected to be sunny most of the day, the Fahrenheit will struggle to reach a high of about 20 degrees.

But the icy grip on the region should ease Sunday, with the NWS forecasting a daytime high in the mid-40s, and even balmier readings in the upper-40s Monday and Tuesday under clear skies.

For Westporters without heat or electric service Saturday morning, several local warming centers are available to provide refuge:

  • Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 
  • MoCA Westport, 19 Newtown Turnpike; noon-4 p.m. through Sunday.

Power outages can be reported online at Eversource.com or by calling 800-286-2000. Customers who signed up for the power company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.

A list of emergency contact information for Westport, assembled by the local Emergency Management Team, can be found here.

John Schwing, the Westport Journal consulting editor, has held senior editorial and writing posts at southwestern Connecticut media outlets for four decades. Learn more about us here.