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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Typical New England Winter Storm

Many of the storms we endured in January were accompanied by arctic air and a light fluffy snow. Not this time! With temperatures hovering around the freezing point, this storm will bring heavy wet snow AND a mixture of sleet, freezing rain and rain. What a mess!
Accumulations: 3”-4” for the shoreline, 4”-8” inland, Up to 10” toward the MA border and in far northwest Connecticut. Accumulations will be lower in southern Connecticut where more mixing will occur.

Timing: Snow arrives 2AM-4AM.  The heaviest snow will fall during the morning commute.  Snow will then mix in and change over to sleet and freezing rain from south to north.  Some areas northwest of Hartford may stay entirely as snow.  And Connecticut’s beaches will change over to rain for a little while.  Snow/mix will taper off through the mid afternoon and evening becoming lighter. The storm slowly pulls away at night.

Impacts: School cancelations, difficult snow/ice removal.  A few outages are possible with the heavy wet snow and ice but I’m not expecting widespread problems. Slippery roads with a combination of snow and slush!

We get another few days break at least. The next storm to watch will be Sunday night into Monday.  Right now there are still plenty of questions as to the track of this storm.  Our newest data shows the storm trending farther out to sea bringing far less of an impact. But with the current pattern, we will need to keep a close eye on things.

Tonight: Snow developing before daybreak. Low: Low to mid 20s.

Tomorrow: Snow, heavy at times through the morning commute. Sleet/freezing rain/rain mixing in for southern and central CT. Precipitation tapering off throughout the afternoon and evening. High: Low to mid 30s

Thursday: Mostly sunny, chilly. High temperatures in the middle to upper 20s.

Friday: Partly to mostly sunny, cool. High temperatures in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees.

Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny, cool. High temperatures around 30 degrees

Sunday: Increasing clouds, chance for snow developing late and at night. Still lots of uncertainty regarding the track of this storm. High temperature around 30 degrees.

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