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Thursday, March 31, 2011
As the storm strengthens, winds will pick up, gusting to 30 mph at times. Winds will blow out of the northeast (hence the name nor’easter). The storm will pass just over or east of Cape Cod Friday morning. Many areas will still deal with leftover rain or snow showers on their way to work/school. Although most roads will be wet for the commute, there will be some slick spots, especially in the higher elevations. The heaviest precipitation will move out during the morning, leaving a few lingering rain or snow showers during the afternoon. Clouds will diminish tomorrow night with a partly sunny, dry and breezy weekend on the way.
Snowfall accumulations will range from a slushy coating to an inch along the shore and in southeastern Connecticut. Northern Litchfield, Hartford and Tolland Counties will get 4”-8” with the rest of the state in the 1”-4” range. The higher end of the range will be reserved for the higher elevations and for cities and towns north of I-84.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Clouds will thicken up tonight with a few sprinkles and flurries possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to low 30s. A storm tracking south of Connecticut will provide mostly cloudy skies on Thursday with a few scattered rain or snow showers. The morning commute tomorrow will be fine.
Late this afternoon/tonight showers will become more numerous and steady as a nor’easter sets it sights on Connecticut. Rain will mix in and change over to snow for a while tonight before changing back to heavy wind-driven rain leading into Friday morning. Some areas northwest of Hartford could stay as wet snow most of the storm. The morning commute will be a soaker (slippery in hills) with the whole storm coming to an end Friday afternoon and evening. April snow storms are tricky! The ground is warm from the 50 degree temperatures we experienced today. So snow will melt much easier on pavement. Also, snow accumulations Thursday night could get washed away on Friday as most of the state changes back to rain.
If the storm passes over Cape Cod, the state will see anywhere from a coating to 10” of snow statewide with some areas in central Massachusetts hitting the jackpot with a foot of snow. With this track the shoreline gets a slushy coating of snow with 1”-4” for the majority of Connecticut. Far northern Hartford County and northwestern Litchfield County will get the higher amounts with 4”-10” possible.
A shift in track to the east would mean that more cold air, more snow mixing in and higher accumulations. A shift to the west means that more warm air and lower accumulations. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding Thursday night – Friday so please make sure you check back for updates!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
One camp of computer models brings the storm out to sea. Other group calls for a major nor’easter with gusty winds and moderate to heavy snow accumulations. If the rain/snow line bisects CT we could be talking about a storm with anywhere from 2”-12” of snow. I’ll keep you posted!
My forecast from the News at 10 Tuesday night:
Monday, March 28, 2011
Why has it been so windy lately? Watch my forecast from Monday night to find out!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
7:00 AM on 03/24/2011
6:00 AM on 03/24/2011
COLEBROOK LAKE, CT
6:22 AM on 03/24/2011
NEW MILFORD, CT
6:00 AM on 03/24/2011
THOMASTON DAM, CT
6:30 AM on 03/24/2011
BRIDGEPORT AIRPORT: 2.5 "
SHELTON: 2.1 "
NEW CANAAN: 2.0"
NORWALK: 2.0 "
NEWTOWN: 1.2 "
GREENWICH: 1.0 "
NEW HAVEN COUNTY:
NORTH HAVEN: 1.3 "
NEW LONDON COUNTY:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Snow has been on and off today with mostly cloudy skies and cooler than average temperatures. As expected, most of the snow that fell today melted on contact with the ground due to a strong March sun and above freezing temperatures. Tonight as temperatures drop below freezing, the snow will stick a bit easier, causing some slippery spots as we head into early tomorrow.
Tonight we continue to expect periods of snow and flurries. Heavier snow is possible briefly during the overnight hours. But the storm will be moving out quickly. By tomorrow morning, the storm will be centered just south of Long Island as it slowly pulls out to sea, the snow will taper off to some flurries during the late morning hours. By the time snow ends, snow accumulations will be around a coating to 2" for the state with higher amounts, up to 4” in the western hills of New Haven, Fairfield and southern Litchfield Counties.
Unfortunately, for those of you looking for spring here in Connecticut, you'll have to wait at least another week as temperatures are expected to average a good 10 degrees below normal through the weekend and into next week. At least we will sunshine and dry conditions just in time for the weekend!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Clouds will continue to lower and thicken up tonight with snow overspreading the region from west to east from morning through lunchtime. Many areas will still be dry for the morning commute. Even when the snow begins, a lot will melt on the streets during the day with a higher March Sun angle and treated roads.
The steadiest snow will occur tomorrow night into Thursday morning making for a slippery commute, especially across the hill towns. The snow should taper off Thursday afternoon to a few lingering flurries.
High pressure will build back in for late in the week and into the weekend with plenty of sunshine, however temperatures will only average in the upper 30's to the low 40's and overnight lows only the chilly 20's.
Unfortunately, for those of you looking for a return to last Friday's 70 degrees weather; you will have to wait for a least two to possibly three weeks as our cold weather pattern will continue through the end of March, which may include more snow.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Some clouds and patchy fog will start off the morning, with increasing sunshine throughout the day. A wind advisory is in effect until early this evening with gusts up to 40 or 50 mph! Winds will start blowing out of the southwest, then become northerly as a front moves through. The front lacks moisture so we don’t expect any rain. But cooler air will move in behind the front with temperatures returning to the 40s for this weekend. Although that will feel cooler, temperatures will be around average for this time of year!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Then after two rainstorms with temperatures in the 50s and lots of melting, this is how much snow is on the ground today. WOWZA!
All that snow melted and flowed into the rivers causing flooding last week. Luckily, rivers had a chance to go down before ANOTHER rainstorm moves in tomorrow. But this time around we don't have nearly as much rain on the way OR as much snow to melt. So we are not expecting as many flooding issues.
Monday, March 14, 2011
But I’m not sure throwing beads into a crowd of people while waving my hand like Miss America is quite the way to accomplish those goals. Once the crowd sees the beads, no one sees the person who is holding them. In fact, I don’t think anyone even noticed that we were chucking Mardi Gras beads. Sure, one out of four were green, but we also found a few beads with illegal substances painted on them. But it’s ok, because I’m sure we got a great price on them.
Every member of the team scrambled to grab beads from our Sam’s Club sized bags and untangled the big clumps while walking by outreached hands. I barely had time to make eye contact or shake a hand. Once the beads ran out, I felt awkward. In my head, people were thinking “you guys think you’re good enough to JUST give out smiles and waves?” We all felt horrible, searching the cars for rouge beads under the gas pedal or a floor mat. One guy in the "happy" section of the parade by all the Irish bars threatened "no beads? I'm watching NBC30!"
Friday, March 11, 2011
There is still minor flooding along a lot of rivers, but the flooding is minor-moderate this time and NOT major. We didn't have rainfall totals that were as impressive or as much snow to melt.
Western CT saw the highest rainfall totals with over 2" of rain in parts of Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. That's where we find the highest rivers.
The Housatonic River at Gaylordsville
There is minor flooding for:
The Housatonic River at Stevenson Dam
Thursday, March 10, 2011
You can click on locations along rivers to get the current level, the river forecast and historic crests. For example. Here is the image when you click on "Falls Village", a flood prone area along the Housatonic River.
The river crested at 11.57' on Tuesday night. Now it's getting close to flood stage. But the green line (forecast) shows moderate flooding returning on Saturday with the water flowing even higher than earlier this week.
Also on the site are historical crests. Tuesday was the 5th worst flooding on record. If we hit 13' or higher on Saturday, we could rise even higher on the list.
(1) 19.00 ft on 01/01/1949
(2) 18.90 ft on 08/19/1955
(3) 16.80 ft on 09/23/1938
(4) 13.00 ft on 03/20/1936
(5) 11.14 ft on 04/18/2007
The Housatonic River is the most concerning for Saturday. The Connecticut River should not be as much of an issue with minor flooding along its banks.
The Farmington River at Simsbury could also experience minor flooding on Saturday.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Check out some of these rainfall totals!
EAST HARTFORD: 4.06"
NORTH GRANBY: 3.85"
1 WNW WINDSOR LOCKS: 3.61"
2 SW GRANBY: 3.39"
SOUTH WINDSOR: 3"
3 SE HARTFORD: 2.71"
3 SSE BROOKFIELD: 4.2"
BRIDGEPORT AIRPORT: 1.51"
DEEP RIVER: 3.42"
NORTH HAVEN: 2.02"
NEW HAVEN: 1.16"
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Thursday night's 10 PM weather report
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Solar winter is the quarter of the year with the lowest sun angle and shortest days.
Meteorological winter is the coolest quarter of the year with the lowest average temperatures and the most snow and ice.
Astronomical winter is the most familiar to you! Astronomical winter has to do with the earth position in relation to the sun. It begins durin the winter solstice (when the sun is lowest in the sky) to the spring equinox (when the sun is directly over the equator).
So meteorological winter and solar winter are already over, that's 2/3. Not bad. 19 days to go and it will be spring on every calendar!
Sun will mix with clouds today as high pressure moves offshore. Temperatures are warming up a bit, climbing into the 40s with a southwest wind blowing 10-20 mph (gusts to 30 mph). An arctic front will pass through late today with limited moisture. There could be a sprinkle or wet snow shower, but most of us will stay dry with just an increase in cloud cover. Temperatures will be much colder tomorrow with sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s. Light snow accumulation is possible late Friday/Friday night, with a weekend warm up.