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Friday, January 28, 2011
A second clipper is diving down from Canada tonight, affecting Minnesota. This disturbance will quickly rotate through the state tomorrow providing mostly cloudy skies with a period of light snow and flurries. Some areas could pick up a fresh coating to an inch of fresh powder during the afternoon. Hey, what’s another inch of snow at this point? Temperatures will remain near 30 degrees.
Sunday will be dry but chilly with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s. With more chilly air next week, there is no melting on the way for the snow stuck on the side of the road. Our next chance for a big storm will be on Wednesday with a wintry mix possible.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
South Windsor: 15.0"
Windsor Locks: 12.0?"
North Granby: 6.5"
East Killingly: 16.5"
Winchester Center: 6.0"
New Canaan: 18.0"
Old Saybrook: 13.0"
New Haven County:
Beacon Falls: 9.5"
New London County:
North Franklin: 13.5"
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Three NWS offices cover CT so that's why there are so many sites with snow totals. Enjoy the storm!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Timing: The first round of snow arrived ahead of schedule. Southern Connecticut already got into some of the heavier snow bands with a quick 1”-3”, making the evening commute slippery and creating traffic problems. The second round of snow is approaching for tonight. The heaviest snow will be 10 PM - 3AM. But the storm is already gone by sunrise. So this will be another fast mover. The morning commute tomorrow will depend on how quickly the plows can clean up the mess from the night before.
Other Factors: There still could be some sleet at times in southeast CT. But this is mainly a snow event. This will be a more of a wet, heavier snow than a lot of the other storms we have seen so far this year. Winds will increase overnight, gusting up near 40 mph.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Stephen Sloat:There are penguins at my bird feeder!
Dave Traskos: It's so cold that even Paris Hilton changed her phrase to "Thats cold!"
Vinnie Alianiello: That I saw a dog frozen to a fire hydrant.
Neal Half Pint Perron: I can see Russia from my house
David Roucoulet: I SAW someone pass gas.
There is still a lot of uncertainty in the track of the storm. But at this point a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain will break out late tomorrow (between 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.) Then precipitation will change entirely over to snow. Areas that turn to snow quickly (inland) will have a good chance at 6” or more of snow accumulation. The evening commute on Wednesday will probably be a bit messy as the storm overspreads the area. Mixing will occur longer in southeast Connecticut where milder air will try to mix in.
The track of the storm will determine accumulations. If the storm tracks further east then the state will get all snow. If the storm tracks closer to the coast, more rain and sleet will move further inland, cutting down accumulations down a bit.
This system will quickly exit the region on Thursday morning (8-11 A.M.) with clearing skies and colder temperatures for the end of the week.
Friday, January 21, 2011
- 1996: 43.1"
- 2011: 43.0"
- 1923: 40.1"
- 1978: 37.0"
- 1987: 34.0"
So far this season Windsor Locks has reported 57.2" of snow. Normal snowfall for the season to date is 20.8". That's 36.4" above average!
Last year on this day we had 14.5" of snow so far in the season.
Accumulations were generally between 3" - "6" with this storm, with up to 8" in some spots. Thompson got hit the hardest with 8.0" of snow. Norfolk picked up 7.1".
New Canaan: 4.6"
Old Saybrook: 2.0"
New Haven County:
East Haven: 5.0"
New Haven: 4.0"
New London County:
Gales Ferry: 3.5"
Old Lyme: 2.5"
West Hartford: 4.8:
South Windsor: 3.0"
Windsor Locks: 3.8"
Stafford Springs: 5.0"
I have no Litchfield County snowfall totals...I love Litchfield County! Send me some!
Timing: The heaviest snow will be during the morning commute (5 AM-9 AM). Snowfall rates of 1”-2” per hour at times. The storm will end between 11 AM – 1 PM Friday. The sun will probably peak through after the snow ends.
Impacts: Many school closures and delays, especially because of the timing of this storm. Messy morning commute, slick snow covered roads. There may be some flight delays, but airports can usually handle this kind of storm without too many issues.
Accumulations: 5”-9” of snow. The snow will be very light and fluffy for most of the state, although it will be a little heavier along the shoreline. Most places will see the lower end of that range...around 5".
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Windsor Locks: 3.0"
Stafford Springs: 2.0"
New Canaan: 1.4"
New Haven County:
New Haven: 1.0"
Temperatures are now rising above freezing along the shoreline. Inland areas will also slowly warm-up creating improving conditions.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Timing: Snow will break out between 2 AM- 6 AM before mixing in with sleet and freezing rain. Mixing will happen in the early morning for the shoreline, mid morning for central Connecticut and late morning for the northern hills.
Eventually, as more warm air works in, the icy mix will give way to plain rain during the afternoon and temperatures will reach the low and mid 30s. Rain will come down heavy at times late-afternoon, especially in eastern Connecticut which could create sloppy conditions for the evening commute.
Ice accumulations on tree limbs and power lines could result in some downed trees and power lines. This will especially be a concern in northwest Connecticut where ice could accumulate .2”-.4”.
Icy roads are harder to navigate than snow covered roads. Roads will be very slippery at times, especially before the changeover to rain. There may be flight delays and cancelations as airports deal with the icy conditions.
With snow blocking storm drains, poor drainage flooding will be an issue. Rain can also add weight to the existing snowpack which can put stress on rooftops.
Rain will help melt some of the snow sitting around, creating a slushy mess on the road for the evening commute
Roads will be snow covered early Tuesday morning. Snowfall accumulations will not be as noteworthy as the ice or changeover to rain. I am expecting 3”-6” north of I-84, 1”-3” everywhere else, with the exception of the immediate shoreline and southeastern CT who will see 1” or less.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
- Willimantic: -9
- Windsor Locks: -6
- Danbury: -5
- Hartford: 1
- New Haven: 4
- Willimantic: 0 or below for 11 hours
- Danbury: 7 hours below zero
- Windsor Locks: 4 hours below freezing
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
- January 11-12 2011: 24"
- February 12, 2006: 21.9"
- February 11-12, 1983: 21.0"
- December 19-20, 1945: 18.2"
- December 29, 1945: 17.7"
- February 19-20, 1934: 17.4"
- February 20-21, 1921: 17.0"
- February 6-7, 1978: 16.0"
- December 26-27, 1947: 16.9"
- March 5, 2001: 16.3"
These are records for Windsor Locks, one of two climate sites in the state. I'm sure there were bigger storms back before 1905, but we don't have reliable records before that time.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Snowfall this season: 46.6"
That's 30.3" above average!!
Snowfall this season: 33.2"
That's 26.1" above average!!
And this pattern continues to remain very active in the weeks ahead! Bring it on!
New Britain: 24.3"
South Windsor: 22.1"
East Killingly: 21.0"
New Haven County
New London County
New London: 14.0"
New snowfall through 1 PM at Bradley Intl. Airport in Windsor Locks totaled 24.0”. This beats the greatest storm total of 21.9” which occurred February 12, 2006. This also sets a new record for greatest daily snowfall!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
We have another major storm on our hands that could rival the "christmas blizzard" in snowfall amounts.
A low pressure system that has been bringing a wintry mess for the south the past few days will lose steam as it moves up the East Coast. At the same time a pocket of energy moving from the Midwest will join it, creating conditions for what is called a "bombogenesis." Bombogenesis is a sudden and rapid drop in pressure that brings with it an explosion of intense precipitation and wind.
Timing: The Tuesday evening commute will be dry. Snow will start around midnight, coming down heavy through midday Wednesday with snowfall rates of 2”-3” per hour possible. The heavy snow will taper to snow showers in the mid to late afternoon. The morning commute will be dangerous. Snow will end Wednesday night.
Impacts: Schools will likely be closed Wednesday, flights will be canceled. So be prepared to rebook. Once again we are dealing with wind driven snow. So low visibility will be an issue Tuesday night into Wednesday with near white out conditions possible. Snow drifts will be a foot or more. At this time, power outages do not look like a huge issue although there may be a few. Wind gusts will approach 40 mph. Wind gusts will not be as high as they were during the “Christmas Blizzard”
Accumulations: 8"-16", with highest amounts in eastern CT. This snow will have a high snow-to-liquid ratio, meaning that it will be rather “fluffy” (not great “snowball” making snow).
Cleanup: Cleanup will be challenging, especially in western CT where some places picked up a foot of snow Friday night. Snow is already piled high on the side of the road.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Most of Connecticut is under a Winter Storm Watch for Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Temperatures today are seasonably cold, in the upper 20's to low 30's. The state has a light cloud cover, with calm winds.
A weak area of low pressure will be moving across the Great Lakes into western New York by early Friday and weaken. At the same time, another storm will be developing off shore. The area where these two connect is called an 'upper level trough,' causing a narrow band of moderate to possibly heavy snow.
Up to 8 inches could land on Western Connecticut, while parts of eastern Connecticut may only get one to three inches. Snowfall totals will be highly localized.
Light snow could break out across ports of Connecticut during the Friday morning commute. This light coating may cause slick conditions, and drivers are advised to use caution.
The snow will continue, with the heaviest to fall late Friday afternoon into Friday night. It will taper off into flurries by early Saturday morning.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
- 2010 ranked within the top five warmest years in record.
- Near to above normal precipitation
- 4th Wettest March on record: 6.81"
- 4th Warmest March on record: 45.0 degrees, warmest since 1946
- Warmest April on record: 54.7 degrees
- 8th Warmest May on record 63.3 degrees, warmest since 1991
- Warmest climatological spring (March, April, May): 54.3 degrees, 5.4 above normal
- Tied 10th Warmest June: 70.6 degrees, warmest since 2008
- Tied Warmest July 77.1 degrees, warmest since 1994
- 3rd Warmest summer on record (June, July, August): 73.7 degrees, warmest since '49
- December 2010 was the 4th consecutive December with above normal snowfall
- December was the 8th December of the past 9 with above normal snowfall dating back to 2002.
- Number of days with 90+ temperatures: 34 days, 16 days more than average. This ties the third greatest total with 1965 and is the most since 35 days were recorded in 2002.
- Heat waves (3 or more days at 90+ temperatures): July 4-9, July 16-18, August 9-11, August 29-September 2.
- March 19: High maximum 73 degrees
- March 23: Daily precipitation: 1.07"
- March 29: Daily precipitation: 1.58"
- April 7: High maximum 93 degrees
- May 2: High minimum: 61 degrees
- May 3: Tied high minimum 61 degrees
- May 11: Low minimum 29 degrees
- May 12: Low maximum 49 degrees
- May 13: Tied low minimum 32 degrees
- May 26: High maximum 99 degrees
- June 28: Tied high minimum 73 degrees
- July 6: High maximum 102 degrees
- July 6: High minimum 75 degrees
- July 7: High maximum 100 degrees
- July 7: High minimum 75 degrees
- July 8: Tied high minimum 73 degrees
- July 13: High minimum 74 degrees
- July 14: Tied high minimum 72 degrees
- September 1: Tied high maximum 96 degrees
- October 1: Daily Precip: 2.26"
- October 26: High minimum 62 degrees
- December 1: Daily Precip: 1.43"
- December 12: Daily Precip: 3.34
- December 27: Daily snowfall 7.0"