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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Impressive Storm Pulling Away

Rain, snow, sleet, damaging winds, coastal flooding and lightning…This was an impressive storm!

A new daily rainfall record was set on Wednesday at Windsor Locks.  1.27” of rain beats the previous record of 0.76” set back in 1971.  No dice in Bridgeport.  The current record of 1.6” set in 1971 still stands. Rainfall ranged from .75” – 1.5” statewide.

Gusts topped 52-53 mph in both Bridgeport, Groton, New Haven and Norwalk..  Wind damage was  reported in Milford where a telephone pole came crashing down.  Isolated downed trees and power lines were also reported. Inland gusts were much less, ranging from 20-30 mph.

Only the high elevations of Hartford and Litchfield County had a slushy snow accumulation.  1”-3” was reported for Hartland, Norfolk, North Granby and Bakersville.  Although other inland areas had a small sleet accumulation, most of it washed away by daybreak.

Looking Forward:
Tonight as the storm pulls away, watch for patchy fog and drizzle. Winds continue to diminish, albeit slowly. Temps will drop into the 30s.  Black ice could be an issue early tomorrow on untreated sidewalks and roadways. Thursday is not nearly as nasty.  But you still need an umbrella.  Another disturbance will rotate through keeping the sky mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers. High: mid to upper 40s. As temps drop at night snow showers are possible.  Watch for a slippery spots early Friday with a small coating of snow in some inland areas. This weekend looks cooler (back to the 30s) but more importantly dry!

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