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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Calm Before the Storm

Today is the calm before the storm as Connecticut braces for snow to develop Friday into Friday night.

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.

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