1. I never could understand why people hated snow so much; the alternative is today's mess, namely periods of rain throughout the day during frigid temperatures never topping 38 degrees. The skies are mostly clear by evening, when the temperature drops to 33 degrees. Sunrise is 7:12 a.m., sunset is 4:45 p.m.
2. Visions and Plans: New London in 2013 and Beyond runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. This forum, taking place at the Fort Trumbull State Park conference center, will feature several speakers—including Gov. Dannel Malloy at 10 a.m.—on development opportunities in the city. The cost to attend is $30, which includes refreshments and lunch.
3. The New London campus of the University of New Haven holds their January open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This takes place at the Mitchell Hall Fox Room at Mitchell College.
4. Get a glimpse at some of the other upcoming things in the city with This Week in New London, a collaboration with New London Main Street to highlight some of the unique arts, music, and other offerings in the coming week. This column posts at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.
5. Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African-American to serve in the United States Senate, died on this day in 1901 at the age of 73. Revels served from Feb. 23, 1870 until March 3, 1871.