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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Meet Andon Allan!


On 12/23 at 1:08 am after 30+ hours of labor I got to meet my son Andon Allan! My big boy weighed in at 8 lbs, 1 oz, 19". And I love him with every cell in my body. 

It wasn't long after we said "I do" that Aram and I decided to embark on the biggest life adventure of all. Being parents.

We giggled after reading the pregnancy test. It didn’t seem real, but 5 additional tests confirmed our lives would change forever.

Were we having a child or a fruit salad? Websites compared our growing baby to a poppy seed and a kumquat (what the heck is that??).  At 15 weeks, it was time to find out if our little apple was a he or a she.  With the rapid weight gain, everyone was convinced the baby’s room would get painted pink.  They were wrong (except Aram and his Grandmother).  I just needed to slow down with the pizza...Maybe next year.

Baby boy was a pleasure to carry all 39 weeks. He never made mommy sick. And despite his natural affinity for Kung foo, he didn’t damage any vital organs. Only one problem…with my constant stuffy nose Aram did have to cope with sleeping next to “Darth Vader”.

We're naming baby boy Andon Allan. The initials AA are a tradition in Aram’s family. Andon means “priceless” and Allan is the first name of my grandfather, Aram’s Dad and my Dad’s middle name

Welcome Andon. We feel overwhelmingly excited and lucky to be your parents and guide you through this wild world.

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'm Going On Maternity Leave!

I'm sorry (and happy) to say today is my last day of work before having baby boy. On Monday I'll be 39 weeks pregnant so he can't be too far away now (at least I hope not). I'll keep you in the loop with baby updates and occasional weather posts. Matt Scott will continue on his regular schedule and Dan Amarante will rock my shift.  I'm hoping for a few big storms this winter that I can enjoy from home with my little bambino instead of running around like crazy at work. Is that terrible of me? 
Baby gifts & card from my FOXCT family.
Feeling lucky to be surrounded by so much support and love!

Not Bad For Last Minute Holiday Shoppers!

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 20-25.

Tomorrow: A mix of sun and clouds. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance for a rain or snow shower in spots. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High: lower 40s.

Tuesday: Cloudy with some showers. High: middle 40s.

Wednesday: Rain, some heavy with gusty winds. High: lower to middle 50s.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nice Last Few Days Of Autumn

Weather Headlines:

  • Cooler but brighter Friday and Saturday.
  • Not so bad Sunday. Chance for a rain/snow shower in spots.
  • Wet and wild Christmas Eve with a rain and wind storm.
Forecast Details:

Tonight: Slowly clearing. Low: 20-25

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, less wind than recent days. High: middle 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny and pleasant. High: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance for some light rain/snow showers. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Monday: Cloudy, chance for a shower in spots. High: lower 40s.

Tuesday: Cloudy, chance for a few showers. High: lower to middle 40s.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cooler & Brighter

An early look at the X-mas Eve Super Soaker!
Still 7 days out so a lot can change...
The next several days will trend cooler but brighter.  While some light rain/snow returns on Sunday, I’m not anticipating a big storm. This is great news for people hitting the roads/running holiday errands this weekend.

Anyone dreaming of a white Christmas? Christmas Eve could be stormy. But it looks wet NOT white! Heavy rain, gusty winds...not the type of weather to get you in the mood for the holidays. At least you don't have to shovel rain...

Tonight: Chance for a rain or snow shower in spots. Mostly cloudy. Low: 30-35.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, not as mild. High: low to mid 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny and pleasant. High: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance for some light rain/snow showers. High:  mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Monday: Cloudy, chance for a shower in spots. High: low 40s.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

38 Weeks Preggers

I'm really hoping that the best symptom of pregnancy hits me soon.  NESTING!!  What is it like to feel an overwhelming desire to clean and organize your home?  Lately my days consist of waking up, walking to the couch, watching TV, taking a nap and then going to work. OK hormones...we're running out of time. Get it together!

Wet Tonight, Warm Wednesday

Rain develops tonight out ahead of Wednesday’s warm up.  Early morning showers on Wednesday (before 8 am) will give way to a mild afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds. High temperatures will approach 50 degrees in some towns! But the warmth only lasts for one day.  We slowly start chipping away at the high temperature for the remainder of the week.  By Thursday highs are in the middle 40s.  By Friday and Saturday high temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

One Scenario for Sunday (12Z ECMWF)
There is still a chance for some rain and/or snow on Sunday from a wave of low pressure staying well southeast of New England. An easterly wind blowing off the relatively milder ocean means rain is most likely (if anything) for the shore and a mix inland. For now it also looks like a weak storm which means less precipitation.  5 days out this is all still very much up in the air.  The storm could miss entirely.  Or it could intensify more and track closer to the coast.  So take all my latest thoughts with a grain of salt. Every day that we get closer to the event, we'll get a better handle on everything.

Tonight: Rain developing. Low: 33-40.

Tomorrow: Chance for an early morning shower (before 8 AM) and an afternoon shower (after 2 PM). A mix of clouds and sun, mild. High: mid 40s to around 50 degrees.

Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny, not as mild. High: lower to middle 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High: near 40 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant. High: upper 30s and lower 40s.

Sunday: Chance for rain and snow from a coastal storm.  Still a lot of uncertainty. High: upper 30s and low 40s.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Clouds Return. MILD Midweek!

An onshore flow will bring in moisture off the ocean tonight.  That means clouds will thicken up and there is a slight chance we could squeeze out some mist or drizzle in spots.  Normally  I don't care too much about a few rain drops.  But with temps below freezing I worry about a few slippery spots heading into Tuesday morning.  It's a small chance, but worth telling you about just in case.

Clouds will win out Tuesday with a warm front approaching at night.  This will being a better chance for widespread showers (no snow or anything frozen). Behind the front temperatures will soar on Wednesday, climbing into the mid 40s to around 50 degrees.  Cooler air moves in later this week.

We're keeping a close eye on Sunday.  Some of our computer models are hinting at a coastal storm that could bring some rain or snow to the area.  I don't care what you read about this one from other online sources.  It's way too early for specifics.  Most of our guidance shows this storm remaining mainly or entirely out to sea with just a glancing blow possible.  But 5 days out we still need to keep an eye on it!  It's worth watching and we'll keep you posted.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Chance for freezing drizzle in spots. Low: 25-30.

Tomorrow: Lots of clouds, chance for drizzle in parts of the state. Showers move in late in the day and at night. High temperatures in the lower 40s.

Wednesday: Chance for an early morning shower (before 8 AM) and an afternoon shower (after 2 PM). A mix of clouds and sun, mild. High temperatures in the mid to upper 40s inland, near 50 degrees for the shore.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, not as mild. High temperatures in the lower 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High temperatures around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant. High temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Friday, December 12, 2014

37.5 Weeks Preggers

I have to admit, it's getting really hard to focus on work at this point!
  • The baby is in position...head down.
  • The baby's room is all set up.
  • I have read enough baby books to successfully overloaded my brain with contradictory parenting advice!

With Poppy Boo when he visited in September
We had a little scare last week.  During our last ultrasound the Doctor noticed some fluid around baby boy's kidney (which could mean some kind of a blockage or defect).  The fancy term they threw around was "renal pelvic dilation".  My Doctor told me not to worry.  She said his kidneys were working because there was plenty of fluid around the baby and in his bladder (which means they were producing urine).

But immediately after a I left the Doctor's office I found myself frantically searching the internet for the worst case scenario.  My son isn't born yet and I have already had sleepless nights worrying about him. To make a long story short, he's fine!  We saw a specialist who confirmed it was a really mild case and likely just a natural variation that would go away with time. HALLELUJAH! I have never seen my husband so worried and so relieved.  He's going to be a great Daddy.

My Grandfather (Poppy Boo) has flown in from Las Vegas for the second time in two decades. Upon landing he called my cell and said "OK, I give you permission to have the baby now!"

We're all ready for you Baby A. As ready as we'll ever be....

Finally Some Sunshine!

Tonight: Chance for an early flurry. Otherwise, mostly cloudy. Low: 23-26.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. High:middle and upper 30s inland, near 40 for the shoreline.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Monday: Mostly sunny, milder than recent days. High: lower to middle 40s.

Tuesday: Sunshine followed by increasing clouds, milder. High: middle to upper 40s. Chance for showers or a wintry mix at night.

Wednesday: Chance for early showers. Otherwise, a mix of clouds and sunshine. Remaining milder. High: middle to upper 40s.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Getting Better & Brighter

Slow improvement tomorrow with clouds and some sunny breaks.  Yes, some actual breaks of sun! We deserve it after this week.
 And there's more where that came from this weekend, along with a warm up heading into next week.

Tonight: Few flurries, some clearing. Low: 22-26.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks. High: middle 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: middle 30s to around 40 degrees.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: lower 40s.

Monday: Mostly sunny, milder. High: lower to middle 40s.

Tuesday: Sunshine with increasing clouds late. High: middle 40s.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Worst Is Over But Remaining Unsetted The Next 2 Days

Tonight: Lingering rain or snow shower. Temperatures will stay above freezing! Low: 33-38.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with a few lingering rain and/or snow showers. North wind at 5 to 15 mph. High: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance for a few light snow showers. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees
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Friday: A mix of sun and clouds. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: lower 40s.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nor'easter: Rain & Wind

A big ol’ rainstorm is on the way.  But before temperatures climb above freezing, a light icy mix is likely tonight with freezing drizzle along with a few snow flakes. A light icy glaze is possible into early tomorrow morning (mainly before 8 am).  While most treated roads should be fine, I’m more concerned with untreated back decks and sidewalks.

After 8 am temperatures should be above freezing just about everywhere (except for maybe a few spots in the Litchfield hills).  Rain will come down heavy at times, tapering off a bit after the evening commute.  1.5-2.5” of rain is likely with a few locally higher amounts. A flood watch is in effect as rivers and streams climb.  Some poor drainage flooding is likely too.  Winds are the other big story howling with gusts to 40 mph inland, and gusts up to 50 mph for the shoreline. A few pockets of power outages are possible.

The storm will get stuck spinning nearby.  So while the heaviest rain is over by Tuesday night, clouds and scattered rain/snow showers will remain in the area through at least Wednesday…maybe even Thursday too!

Tonight: Light wintry mix. Temperatures slowly climbing. Low: 25-30.

Tomorrow: Slick roads for some spots inland before 8 am. Rain, heavy at times. Northeast wind 15-25 mph with gusts up to 45+ mph. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees inland, lower to middle 40s for the  shoreline.

Wednesday: Cloudy with patchy fog and the chance for a few rain or snow showers.  High: upper 30s to low 40s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance for a stray rain or snow shower. But most of the state should stay dry. High: Upper 30s to around 40 degrees.

Friday: A mix of clouds and sun.  High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dry Day Tomorrow, Rain Returns This Weekend

Tonight: High clouds. Low: 20s.

Tomorrow:  Increasing clouds, cool. High: upper 30s to lower 40s. Rain at night (may start as a brief mix of snow and sleet in spots).

Saturday:  Cloudy with showers likely. There may be a lull in the action for a little while where we stay dry before a steady round of rain returns at night. High: mid 40s to around 50 degrees. (There is a chance parts of northern Connecticut river valley stay much colder than the rest of the state, near 40)

Sunday: Early rain/snow shower, then clearing. Becoming mostly sunny. High: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Monday: Increasing clouds, becoming cloudy. High: upper 30s and lower 40s. Snow/mix possible at night from an offshore storm.

Tuesday: Watching a nearby nor'easter. Rain, snow, sleet and gusty winds are all a possibility. High: lower 40s.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Colder, Dry Next 2 Days

Weather Headlines:

  • Cool, Dry Next 2 Days
  • Rainy Saturday
  • Watching Possible Winter Storm Monday
Forecast Details: 


Tonight: Clearing. Low: 27-32.

Tomorrow: Colder despite plenty of sunshine. Hig: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Friday: Sunny start with increasing afternoon clouds. Cool. High: Upper 30s inland, lower 40s for the shoreline. Chance for light rain/mix at night.

Saturday: Cloudy with times of rain. High: mid to upper 40s.

Sunday: Chance for an early shower. Otherwise, clearing. High: lower 40s.

Monday: Watching the potential for a wintry mix. Still a lot of uncertainty on the timing and precipitation type.  High: around 40 degrees.

When Will Baby Boy Arrive?

Hundreds of you voted after watching my video on facebook and the results are in.

The majority of you think my baby will arrive the 3rd or 4th week of December (or later)! EEK!  If that's true, maybe we should start guessing the weight. The doc says he's already 6.5 lbs.  By January 1st....oh my!  Labor aside, I do love a chubby baby....

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Wet Than White

Roads will remain primarily wet tonight, even though a few slicks pots are possible.  A mix of rain, snow and sleet will change entirely over to rain as temperatures in the upper levels of the atmosphere begin to climb. Even at the ground level, temperatures will remain steady or rise. The only place where icing may be an issue tonight/early tomorrow will be the northwest hills.
How warmer air in the upper levels of the atmosphere
impacts precipitation at the ground

This little taste of winter is ironically courtesy of a warm front.  That will help temperatures rise up around 50 degrees on Wednesday with lots of clouds and the chance for a shower or two.  Thursday and Friday look dry but cooler.  Unsettled weather returns for the weekend with the chance for some showers on Saturday and periods of rain likely Sunday into Monday.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Snow/sleet changes to rain. Only exception will be the northwest hills where pockets of freezing drizzle are possible. Low: 30s. Temps will hold steady or even rise. 

Tomorrow: Steady rain ends early in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy and mild with patchy fog and scattered showers.  High: Near 50.

Thursday: Sunny, colder. High: in the lower to middle 40s.

Friday: Remaining dry but cool with increasing clouds. High temperatures in the mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, chance for showers. High temperatures in the middle to upper 40s.\

Sunday: Cloudy with periods of rain. High temperatures in the middle 40s.

Friday, November 28, 2014

This Weekend: Winter Start, Fall Finish

January-like cold will continue Saturday with plenty of sunshine and high temperature in the 30s. I know many people are hoping for a warm up to melt leftover snow and slush from the last storm. You don’t have to wait long! A front Saturday night will bring the chance of a light wintry mix followed by two milder days. High temperatures will soar into the 40s Sunday followed by low 50s on Monday. A polar front will bring the chance for a shower late Monday followed by a brief cool down Tuesday.

Tonight: Clear, cold. Low: 10-20.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, remaining chilly. High temperatures in the middle to upper 30s. Chance for a light rain or snow shower at night.

Sunday: A mix of clouds and sun, milder than recent days. High temperatures in the middle to upper 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, warm for this time of year. Chance for a shower, mainly in the afternoon. High temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Tuesday: Colder despite plenty of sunshine. High temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.

Wednesday: Cloudy and milder with the chance for showers or a period of rain. High temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mood Snow Thanksgiving Evening

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone is enjoying this little round of “mood snow” tonight. I call it mood snow because it sets the stage for the holidays (in my opinion) without causing trouble on the roads.

Attention Black Friday shoppers!  Dress warmly for morning doorbusters with temperatures starting in the lower to middle 20s. Any lingering early clouds will break for sunshine. But we’ll be fighting a losing battle with a chilly northwest wind. Afternoon high temperatures will only reach into the mid and upper 30s. Saturday remains chilly with a warm up early next week. The milder temperatures come with a boost in cloud cover on Sunday and Monday with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s! That will go a long way in helping to melt any leftover snow/ice/sludge you have leftover from the last storm.

Tonight: Cloudy, snow showers. Low temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

Tomorrow: Clouds break for sun. A bit breezy. Northwest wind at 5 to 15 mph. High temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, cool. High temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.

Sunday: Milder, mostly cloudy. High temperatures in the mid 40s to around 50 degrees.

Monday: Mild! Mostly cloudy, chance for a late day shower. High temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Tuesday: Sunny, cooler. High temperatures in the mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sloppy Storm!

While parts of the northwest hills have picked up a half a foot or more, the shoreline and southeastern Connecticut ended up with little or nothing. The rest of the state picked up a slushy coating to 3” of snow. 

As cold air gets pulled in on the backside of this storm, rain and sleet will change back over to snow/sleet. An additional coating to an inch or two is possible. Any leftover precipitation will end a little after midnight.  But roads will remain wet, slushy and/or slick through Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, so any untreated walkways and roadways could become icy.

The Manchester Road Race will be a bit slushy this year.  Dress for temperatures around 30 degrees with lots of clouds around.  A snow shower is possible on Thanksgiving Day (completely unrelated to Wednesday’s storm).  Thursday will also be breezy and cool with high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.

Attention shoppers!  If you want to wait in line for Black Friday deals, dress warmly! Temperatures will start in the mid and upper 20s for the morning doorbusters.  At least we’ll see plenty of sunshine.  The afternoon will not get much better with highs in the middle 30s.

A warming trend will arrive early next week, Sunday into Monday with highs in the 40s to around 50 degrees. There are no big storms in sight for now.

Tonight:  Rain, snow, sleet changing back to snow/sleet before ending.  An additional coating to an inch or two.  Snow ending after midnight. Low: Near 30.

Tomorrow:  Early slicks spots. Mostly cloudy, breezy and chilly.  Chance for snow showers. High: middle to upper 30s.

Friday: Mostly sunny, chilly. High: middle 30s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, remaining chilly for this time of year. High: middle 30s to around 40 degrees.

Sunday: Mix of sun and clouds, milder than recent days. High: middle 40s to around 50 degrees.

Monday: Mix of sun and clouds, mild. High: middle 40s to around 50 degrees.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sneaky Warm Layer!

Rain/snow breaks out 6am - 9 am. Roads won't be too bad right off the bat and first flakes will not stick for most.
By lunchtime it's snowing and sleeting for most of the state, some heavy. Notice SE CT may stay rain.
A sneaky warm layer south of I-84 makes this forecast tricky. How much rain/sleet mixes in is a wild card.
The storm moves out 10 pm - 1 am. Slick spots early Thanksgiving. Breezy and chilly.


Forecast Discussion:

The easiest part of this forecast is the extremes.  Far southeastern Connecticut will get little or no accumulation tomorrow.  But the northwest hills will hit the jackpot at 6”-10” of accumulation.  The hard part lies in between...What about the rest of the state?  There is a sneaky warm layer of air that has the potential to cut down on snow accumulation in favor of sleet.  Figuring out how much sleet mixes in and how far north that occurs will be the key to forecasting snow totals.   Rain will also mix in at times for southern Connecticut too.  So I have to admit, this is a tough forecast!


Timing:

Rain & snow develops between 6-9 AM. The peak of the storm will hit from lunchtime through the early evening. The storm winds down 10pm – 1am (Thursday morning).  By the time the sun comes up on Thanksgiving, it will be partly cloudy and chilly.

Accumulations:


A slushy coating in far southeast Connecticut, 1”-3” for the shoreline, northern New London County and southern New Haven & Middlesex counties. 3”-6” for most of central Connecticut and 6”-10” in the northwest hills.

Bottom Line:

Thanksgiving Eve will be a mixed bag with rain, snow and sleet.  Any snow that falls will be heavy and wet and hard to move.  Some power outages are possible in the hills. Conversely, urban flooding is possible for the shoreline with periods of rain, some heavy. Travel will not be impossible.  But it will be hampered by the storm (and any additional travel traffic).

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Cloudy, rain/snow developing around daybreak. Low: mid to upper 30s.

Tomorrow: Rain and snow start 5-9 am. Mix changes to snow and sleet inland, rain and slush for the shoreline. High temperatures in the 30s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance for a snow shower. Breezy and cool.  High temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.

Friday: Mostly sunny, dry and chilly. High temperatures in the mid 30s.

Saturday: Chance for a snow shower before daybreak. Partly cloudy, not as cool as recent days. High temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Sunday: A mix of clouds and sun, milder. High temperatures in the mid 40s to around 50 degrees.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wednesday Worries: A Bread, Milk and TURKEY storm! ;)

Weather Headlines
  • Timing: 7-10 AM Wednesday morning – just after midnight Thursday morning
  • The worst is Wednesday late afternoon and Wednesday evening
  • 6"+ north of I-84, less farther south and east

Forecast Discussion:

With highs soaring through the 60s you would never guess we have a winter storm on the way.  And lucky us…just in time for the busiest travel day of the year.

If you need to do any traveling or errands before Thanksgiving, try to get it done on Tuesday. We will squeeze in one more mild day with high temperatures in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.
This storm will be born in the Gulf of Mexico before riding northeast bringing, snow, rain or a mix for many east coast cities and airport hubs.

But what can we expect here in Connecticut? A mix of rain, snow and sleet will develop between 7-10 AM (location dependant). Then as some colder air is wrapped into the storm, precipitation will slowly change over to all snow from northwest to southeast during the afternoon and evening. Since areas north of I-84 remain mostly snow, that’s where we’re expecting the highest accumulations with 6”-10” possible. We’re forecasting 3”-6” south of I-84.  The valleys will get less than the higher elevations. Then along the shoreline we’re only expecting a slushy 1”-3” where the most mixing will take place. The storm ends a little after midnight early Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service is forecasting higher accumulations than we are.  There are a few reasons I remain less enthusiastic about lots of snow.  The first one is milder surface temperatures.  1) There is no blocking high to the north to lock in the cold. An easterly wind off the milder November water temperature doesn't help either! 2) The best moisture and lift do not coincide with the snow growth zone (the area in the atmosphere where those big flakes usually form). This can lead to snow to liquid ratios under the average 10:1. 3) This is a quick hitter and we waste precipitation in the form of sleet or rain at the onset.

Obviously, this forecast is not a “lock” yet.  We are walking a fine line between all snow and a mix of sleet and rain.  But so far I feel confident about this forecast.  No matter how much snow accumulates, Wednesday is going to be an icky day to travel!

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Mild! Low: 47-52.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny, mild. High temperatures in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Rain and/or mix developing 7-10 AM. Changing to wet snow during the afternoon/evening. High temperatures in the middle 30s.

Thursday: Slick roads early. Breezy and cool with a mix of clouds and sun.  High temperatures in the mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

Friday: Partly cloudy and chilly! High temperatures in the middle 30s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, remaining chilly. High temperatures in the upper 30s to around 40 degrees.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Warm Up

Forecast Discussion:

Saturday will offer a little relief from the bitter cold.  Temperatures will approach 40 degrees which is still well below average for this time of year.  A warming trend will get underway on Sunday. A few showers will touch off late Saturday night with the arrival of the milder air.  For most of the state this will not be an issue. But for some towns in the northwest hills, temps could drop close to freezing creating a few slippery spots.

Sunday is dry and milder with high temperatures around 50 degrees!  Rain arrives Sunday night into Monday morning, some heavy at times. Rain tapers to scattered showers by Monday afternoon.  Temps will soar into the low 60s! Cooler air arrives by the middle of next week. 

The same front that will bring back the cold on Wednesday will also be a point of concern as a wave of low pressure develops along it.   Depending on how close to the coast the storm develops, Connecticut could be looking at rain/snow.  It’s too soon to say for sure. But we’ll keep an extra close eye on it, especially as Wednesday is one of the biggest travel days of the year!

Concerns For Wednesday...Still 5 days away!
Forecast Details:

Tonight: Cold! Low: 15-23.

Tomorrow: Sunshine mixing with clouds late in the day. High: upper 30s and lower 40s. Southwest wind at 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Chance for a shower or two.  There could be a couple of slippery spots in the northwest hills where temps will be around freezing. Low: 30-35.

Sunday: Milder with a mix of clouds and sunshine. High: Upper 40s to lower 50s.

Monday: Mild! Morning rain tapering to afternoon showers. High: upper 50s to lower 60s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, remaining mild for this time of year. High: lower to middle 50s.

Wednesday: Watching a storm offshore closely. Cloudy with the chance for a period of rain/snow showers. Still a lot of uncertainty. High: Low 40s.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cold Returns Tomorrow

Weather Headlines:
  • Reinforcing shot of Cold air Friday
  • Cool, breezy Next Two Days
  • Chance For Slick Spots Saturday Night
  • Warm Up Sunday-Monday
Tonight: Clear, cold. Low: 20-25.

Tomorrow: Colder, breezy with lots of sunshine. High: mid to upper 30s. Northwest wind at 10-25 mph.

Saturday: Sunshine mixing with clouds late in the day. High: lower 40s inland, middle 40s for the shoreline. Southwest wind at 5-15 mph.

Sunday: Chance for drizzle or a touch of freezing drizzle before daybreak. Otherwise, milder with a mix of clouds and sunshine. High: upper 40s to around 50 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, mild with scattered showers. High: upper 50s to lower 60s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, remaining mild for this time of year. High: lower to middle 50s.
                

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Record Cold!

As of 9 PM Tuesday Night
It’s so cold, we’re making Alaksa look mild! Yes, really.  It’s milder in Alaska right now than it is here in Connecticut.

Record breaking cold is possible in Bridgeport tonight. The current record stands at 24 degrees for Bridgeport, last set in 1986.  We’re forecasting an overnight low of 20 degrees.  Windsor Locks is less likely to break the record.  But it’s close as 12 degrees, set in 1924.  We’re forecasting a low of 15.

But the talk of record cold doesn’t stop there.  Windsor Locks could set a record for the minimum high temperature on Wednesday. The current record is 33 degrees, last set in 1955.  The record minimum low temperature in Bridgeport is 35 degrees, last set in 2008. Tomorrow will be sunny, breezy and cold.

Now that we got the talk of records out of the way…A warm front will bring a boost in clouds late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.  There is also a slight chance for a flurry or a sprinkle overnight.  But any precipitation is light and gone before sunrise. Thursday will not be as cold as recent days with high temps up around 40 degrees.  Since when did 40 degrees sound milder??

Friday and Saturday turn cold again with highs in the 40s.  A real legit warming trend will get underway Sunday into Monday when temperatures could eventually top 60 degrees! Heat wave!

Forecast Details:
Tonight: Clear, near record cold. Low: 12-20.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy and cool with clouds increasing late in the day and at night. High: upper 20s to mid 30s. Chance for flurries/sprinkles late at night.

Thursday: Morning clouds break for sunshine. Breezy, not as cold. High: upper 30s to lower 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny, windy and chilly.  High: upper 30s to around 40 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny, less wind than recent days.  Still chilly!  High: upper 30s to lower 40s.


Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy and milder with the chance for a few showers. High: around 50 degrees.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rain Ends & Winter Cold Takes Over

I feel like Mondays are perfect days for cloudy, dreary, rainy weather (it kind of goes with everyone’s mood).  The rain is moving out for Tuesday and getting replaced by some harsh cold.

Rain will taper off 7 pm – 10pm with some clearing late. Most roads should have a chance to dry before temps drop below freezing.  But any standing areas of water (poor drainage areas) could turn icy tonight inland as temps drop down around the freezing point.

There is a small chance a lake effect snow shower/flurries could hold together for Tuesday morning (best chance in the NW hills).  Otherwise, clouds will break for sunshine on Tuesday with falling temperatures.  The high will occur early in the day.  By late afternoon, temperatures will be back down around the freezing point. A westerly breeze will keep wind chills in the teens and twenties throughout  the day so bundle up!

The rest of the week remains cold but dry. Milder temps are possible by the end of the weekend.

Tonight: Rain tapering off 9-midnight. Becoming  breezy with some late clearing. A few slippery 
spots possible. Low: 30-37.

Tomorrow: Clouds break for sunshine, windy and cold. West wind at 15-30 mph. High: mid to upper 30s early, temps falling through the afternoon.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, breezy, cold. West wind 5 to 15 mph. High: lower 30s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, not as cold as recent days. High: upper 30s to around 40 degrees.

Friday: Mostly sunny, cool. High: upper 30s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, cool. High: around 40 degrees.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MIA

Sorry I have been MIA  this week. I have been training on a new weather system and working a split shift, leaving me exhausted! I'll pick up here by Friday.  Thanks for your patience. I think you're going to love the stuff I have been working on.  To be revealed in a couple of months...just in time for me to go on maternity leave (go figure)!

For now, check me out on facebook and twitter for quick weather updates!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Come Say Hi!

I'll be at the Ski, Sun + Travel Expo this weekend from around 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Please come say hi! I'll be there with Joe Furey, Dan Amarante, Audrey Kutchen and many other FOX friends.

It's a great event too! The last two years I purchased a discounted Express Pass to Killington and it was worth every penny.  Hope to see you there!

Cooler But Pleasant Weekend



Even though temperatures this weekend will be cooler, with more sunshine and less wind it will feel warmer than Friday.  There is a chance for a shower Saturday night into Sunday morning.  A warming trend gets underway next week with high temperatures peaking in the 60s for Tuesday and/or Wednesday.  That warm up will precede the coldest air we have seen all season long!  Not only will temps plummet (starting Thursday) but it looks like the cold will stick around for a while...perhaps all the way into Thanksgiving.  If this pattern keeps up, it won't be long until we get some snow...just sayin'.

Tonight: Slow clearing, winds diminish. COLD!  Low: 25-33.

Saturday: Cool despite plenty of sunshine. Less wind, a pleasant feel. High:middle 40s to around 50 degrees.

Sunday: Chance for an early shower. Otherwise partly cloudy and a bit milder. High: lower 50s inland, middle 50s for the shoreline.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High: lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: Mild! Increasing clouds, chance for a shower late in the day or at night. High: mid 50s to around 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Chance for showers, mainly in the morning. Then some clearing. High: 50s to around 60 degrees. Turning colder at night.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rain Departs As The Wind Picks Up

After a cloudy, cool, raw and rainy day the weather will slowly dry off overnight with lows dropping into the 40s.  Tomorrow will be windy with a mix of sun and clouds.  Gusts could reach up to 30 mph. The weekend starts off bright but chilly with temperatures in the 40s. Winter is coming!  Arctic air takes over by the end of next week.

Tonight
: Lingering showers and drizzle slowly tapering off. Low: 40s.

Tomorrow: Windy with a mix of sun and clouds. Northwest wind at 10-20 mph with higher gusts up to 30 mph. High: Near 50 inland, middle 50s for the shore.

Saturday: Cool despite plenty of sunshine. Less wind, out of the south at 5-10 mph. High: middle to upper 40s.

Sunday: Chance for an early morning sprinkle. Becoming mostly sunny. High: lower to middle 50s.

Monday: Mostly sunny, dry and pleasant. High: Lower to middle 50s.


Tuesday: Lots of sunshine with a few clouds increasing late in the day. High: Upper 40s to lower 50s.

GFS high temps by Thursday of next week!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Warmer Before We Get Wet

Weather Headlines:
  • One more mild day Wednesday, 60s
  • Wet Thursday
  • Lingering Shower Friday
  • Temps crash by this weekend

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, not as cold. Low: 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy, warm for November!  High: middle to upper 60s.

Thursday: Rain developing, some heavy. Cooler than recent days.  High: lower to middle 50s.

Friday: Rain lingering into the morning. Then some clearing. High: lower to middle 50s.

Saturday: Cooler than recent days, despite plenty of sunshine. High: around 50 degrees.


Sunday: Increasing clouds, chance for showers in the afternoon, mainly late and at night. High: upper 40s to lower 50s.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sunny Skies Ahead For Election Day


Weather Headlines:
  • Chilly, 30s tonight
  • 60+ the next two days
  • Rainy & windy Thursday
  • Cooler This weekend
Weather  Discussion:

The wind will continue to slowly diminish after a blustery weekend. The weather will cooperate for Election Day with lots of sunshine and a slightly milder feel.  The next two days will be at 60 degrees or better.  Rain returns on Thursday. Some could be heavy at times with a gusty breeze. Looking ahead, the weekend is dry but cooler with highs dropping back around 50 degrees.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Mostly clear, another cool night. Winds diminish. Low: 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with some high clouds. A bit milder. High: around 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, a bit milder. High: lower 60s.        

Thursday: Periods of rain likely. High: middle to upper 50s.

Friday: Rain lingering into the morning. Then some clearing. High: lower to middle 50s.

Saturday: Cooler than recent days, despite plenty of sunshine. High: around 50 degrees.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nothing Spooky This Halloween. November Is A Different Story...

 Weather Cliffnotes:
  • 50s, increasing clouds Halloween
  • 40s for Trick Or Treaters
  • Breezy & wet at times Saturday
  • Blustery & cold Sunday, gusts 40+ mph

Tonight: Partly cloudy, chilly. Lows: middle 30s to around 40 degrees.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, chance for an isolated late day shower. High:middle 50s. Dress for temps in the 40s by Trick Or Treat time.

Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and cool with showers or a period of rain. High: upper 40s to around 50 degrees. NE wind at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Sunday: Blustery and cold. High: mid 40s to around 50 degrees. NW wind at 15-25 mph with higher gusts up to 40 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High: middle to upper 50s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, warming trend. High: middle 50s to around 60 degrees.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bye bye 70s

  • Bye bye 70s!
  • 50s Thursday & Friday
  • Taste of winter this weekend
  • Chance for a rain shower Saturday, no snow

Tonight: Early shower then clearing. Low: 42-47.

Thursday: Sunshine mixing with clouds. Sharply cooler. High: Mid to upper 50s. 

Friday: Partly sunny. High: Mid to upper 50s. Upper 40s for trick or treaters around sunset. 

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with the chance for a few showers or sprinkles. Cold and windy. Northeast wind 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. High: Low to mid 40s.

Sunday: Morning wind chills in the 10s and 20s! Blustery and cold.  High: Lower to middle 40s. Wind gusts up to 40+ mph.

Monday: Sunshine mixing with some afternoon clouds. Not as cold as recent days. High: middle 50s.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Big Cold To Start Off November


Weather Headlines:
  • One more mild day Wednesday.
  • Cooler Thursday & Friday, 50s.
  • COLD this weekend! 40s.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Increasing clouds late. Low: 53-58.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, chance for an afternoon shower in spots. High temperatures in the middle 60s to around 70 degrees.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and cooler. High temperatures in the middle to upper 50s. Partly cloudy and cooler. High temperatures in the middle to upper 50s.

Friday: A mix of sun and clouds, cool. High temperatures in the middle to upper 50s. Upper 40s for trick or treaters around sunset.

Saturday: Cloudy, windy and cold with scattered showers. A few wet snowflakes could mix in for the higher elevations. High in the middle to upper 40s.

Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds, blustery and cold. High temperatures in the lower to middle 40s.

Forecast Discussion:
ECMWF showing 35-45 mph
wind gusts on Sunday

We have one more mild day before temps begin the big slide downhill.  This weekend is a big area of interest because of rumors regarding a potential snow storm.  The first snow of the season is always an exciting or scary milestone (depending on who you ask).  But right now while it looks like the cold blast is a lock, the snow is NOT.

We are confident this weekend will be cold and blustery! But it looks like the ingredients for a storm will come together too late and too far offshore to bring us a big storm.  This is also a fast moving system with no blocking downstream. High pressure will quickly build in behind the storm bringing in dry air.  For now we are forecasting some showers on Saturday.  I can't rule out some snowflakes mixing in for the higher elevations but I'm not expecting any accumulation.  Either way we're watching and will keep you posted!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weather Headlines:
  • Milder 2 days, Near 70
  • Shower late Wednesday
  • Cooler Thursday & Friday
  • Cold this weekend, stormy too?
Forecast Details:

Tonight: Mostly clear with increasing clouds late. Low: Upper 30s to middle 40s.

Tomorrow: Early morning clouds break for sunshine. Warmer! High: Mid 60s to near 70 degrees.

Wednesday: Increasing clouds, chance for a late day shower. Mild. High: Mid 60s to near 70 degrees.

Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny and cooler. High: Upper 50s to near 60 degrees.

Friday: Partly cloudy and cool. High: Mid 50s.

Friday night: Mid to upper 40s around sunset for Trick or treaters!

Saturday: Cloudy, cool, raw, windy and wet with showers (rain may even mix with some wet snow, especially in the hills). High temperatures in the middle and upper 40s.

Weather Discussion:
Where Does the Low go? Look at the spread in storm
location within just one computer model.  TOO EARLY!
The next couple of days will be warmer with highs between 65 and 70 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday. But don’t get used to it!  A cold front late Wednesday will bring the chance for a shower or sprinkle followed by cooler air Thursday and beyond.

There is a lot of chatter about snow this week!  Normally, I try to avoid hyping up events that are 6 days away…for obvious reasons. Errors in forecasting grow over time and there is a big disparity between the various models that we look at.  Yes, it’s going to get cold by this weekend with high temps in the 40s.  And yes, a storm will develop near New England. But the track and intensity of this storm is still in question. For one, there is no downstream blocking that snow lovers want to see for a nice long duration event. This should be a fast mover. Plus the NAO looks like it will be trending positive (another strike for snow lovers).  The forecast hinges on the northern and southern branches of the jet stream and whether or not that energy phases and where. We’re tracking energy that has to travel all the way from Alaska!  So for now prep for a cold and windy day with the chance for some showers .  Rain could mix or even change over to some wet snow in spots (especially in the hills).  But I wouldn’t break out the snow gear just yet.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

An End In Sight

Weather Headlines:
  • Lingering showers tonight
  • Early shower Friday, then slow improvement
  • Brighter, dry weekend
  • Warming up a bit next week, near 70?

Tonight: Leftover showers. Low: 40s.

Tomorrow: Chance for an early morning shower. Otherwise mostly cloudy with some peeks of sun. Breezy. North wind at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, milder and pleasant. High temperatures in the lower to middle 60s.

Sunday: Partly sunny and blustery. High temperatures in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.

Monday: Mostly sunny, seasonable. High temperatures in the lower 60s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, milder than recent days. High temperatures in the middle to upper 60s.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

30 Weeks Preggers

Many think I'm ready to "pop" at any moment.    Everyone knows the camera adds 10 pounds.  Here's a fun fact.  During pregnancy, the camera adds 3 months! I still have 10 weeks left. Yesterday I got a tweet asking me if I was having triplets.

Today I had the most amazing glimpse at my babe to be.  My last ultrasound was at 20 weeks. And the baby looked like an alien skeleton cat.  He was all skin and bones...scary!  But he was my alien cat and I loved him just the same. 

This time around, baby looked like...an actual baby!  What a treat! They estimate he weighs 3 pounds 8 ounces and will gain about half a pound a week for the rest of the pregnancy.  That puts him at over 8 pounds by the end of this pregnancy.  Oh boy!

I just read in one of my dozen baby books that I'm supposed to be interviewing pediatricians. I just want to find a Doc that will give a lollypop after shots...to the parents. ;)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dreary Details

Weather Headlines:
  • Off & on showers through Thursday
  • Heaviest rain Wednesday night
  • Slow improvement on Friday
  • Brighter Weekend
Forecast Details:

Tonight: Occasional rain and drizzle.  Low 50s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and cooler with occasional showers and drizzle. High temperatures in the 50s to around 60 degrees. Heaviest rain at night.

Thursday: Cloudy and cool with scattered showers and drizzle. High temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.

Friday: Chance for a lingering shower early, otherwise mostly cloudy. High temperatures in the lower to middle 60s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, brighter than recent days. High temperatures in the lower 60s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High temperatures in the lower 60s.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Here Comes The Rain Again...And Again, And Again

Cut off low this week
Bottle up thoughts of sunshine. You’ll need to in order to make it through the week.  A cut off low will set up shop the next several days.  It’s called a cut off low because the storm will be “cut off” from the jet stream (the force that normally steers storms along). That means the storm will sit and spin Tuesday through Thursday producing lots of clouds and periods of rain.  It will not rain for three days straight.  No need to prepare the ark.  But keep the umbrella handy as waves of energy rotate around the upper level low.  Friday will be our transitional day leading up to a dry weekend with more in the way of sunshine.  By that point, we’ll deserve it!

Tonight: Cloudy, maybe a sprinkle. Low: Mid 40s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High: lower to middle 60s.

Wednesday: Cloudy, cool and breezy with periods of rain.  High: upper 50s to around 60 degrees. 
North wind at 10-20 mph.

Thursday: Cloudy with scattered showers. High: upper 50s to around 60 degrees.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, damp. High: around 60 degrees.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and dry! High: lower 60s statewide.

Friday, October 17, 2014

From 70s to 50s - Our Weekend Reality Check!

There's no need to cancel outdoor plans on Saturday.  Showers will be hit or miss. In fact,  it's not a bad day to spend outside with temps around 70 degrees for the last day in a while!  Temperatures fall off the cliff on Sunday with highs in the middle 50s and a chilly breeze.  By Monday morning a widespread frost is possible with temperatures in the 30s right down to the coast.

Next week looks a little ugly.  With a storm stuck off the coast, we'll cope with lots of clouds and waves of cold rain Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and part of Friday! Yuck.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, chance for patchy fog. Low: Low to mid 50s.

Saturday:  Clouds and some sun, chance for a passing shower. West wind at 5 to 15 mph, gusts to 20 mph. High: Near 70 degrees.

Sunday: Windy and colder. Morning clouds break for afternoon sunshine. Northwest wind at 10 to 20 mph. High: Mid to upper 50s.

Monday: Cool despite plenty of sunshine.  Some high clouds mixing in during the afternoon.  High: Upper 50s to around 60 degrees.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds with showers developing. High: Upper 50s to around 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Cool and cloudy with scattered showers. High: Upper 50s to around 60 degrees.
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