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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tonight & Beyond

The massive two part storm that brought snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain has moved out. Some areas like New Haven and Fairfield reported up to a half inch of ice coating trees and power lines. Luckily, this was not a major ice storm. Downed power lines were an issue, but did not cause widespread outages.

Tonight, the roads are very slushy, especially along the shore where rain fell for much of the day. As temperatures tumble into the teens, any areas of standing water will turn to ice. Black ice will be a concern on any untreated roads or walkways. There will be some additional snow showers tonight which could coat up the roads with another inch of snow possible in spots.

Tomorrow high pressure will build into southern New England causing some clearing with partly sunny skies. But the sun will not help warm us up. A renewed shot of cold Canadian air will keep temperatures in the 20s. Friday will remain chilly with abundant sunshine.

Another storm on Saturday could bring a mixed bag of precipitation with snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain. There could be another 0.5”-0.75” of liquid with this storm. If that was all snow, another half a foot of snow would accumulate. But accumulations will be lower because we expect snow to mix with ice and rain. The amount of mixing will determine accumulations. One thing is for sure, this storm will add even more weight to the existing snowpack.

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