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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

From Spring To Winter In 2 Days

To THIS!  
Spring fever was in full effect today! Bridgeport’s high temperature was the warmest in the state and only 3 degrees shy of a record 67 degrees set back in 1977. But don’t put away your winter jacket just yet. Winter will return in just 36 hours with brutal cold for March standards.

Ski resorts in northern New England will have 1’-2’ of fresh powder by Thursday morning!  The same storm will track over Connecticut tomorrow night. But Connecticut will remain on the mild side. Most of the morning will be dry Wednesday. I can’t rule out a shower or some drizzle in spots though. Steadier/heavier rain will develop in the afternoon and evening. You might even hear a rumble of thunder! Then as cold air rushes in on the backside of the storm, rain will change over to snow after midnight from northwest to southeast.  A coating to 2” of accumulation is possible with the higher end of that range in northwest Connecticut.  A bigger concern may be icy spots for the commute on Thursday morning as temps rapidly drop below freezing. We call that a flash freeze! Any wet roadways could turn icy. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some school delays on Thursday. While snow showers will wind down by mid morning, the rest of the day doesn’t look much better. Afternoon temperatures will only be in the teens and twenties and a gusty northwest wind.

But the unusual March cold doesn’t last long. Temperatures will begin to slowly rebound on Friday with highs in the 30s. 40s return for the weekend, just in time for the Saint Patrick Day parades.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: 32-36.

Tomorrow: A shower in spots in the morning. More numerous showers develop in the afternoon with the heaviest late day and at night. High temperatures in the 40s. Temps crash overnight as rain changes to snow.

Thursday: Snow showers lingering into the early morning. Slick/icy spots for the commute. Some slow clearing. Windy. High temperatures in the middle 20s. Feels like the single digits.

Friday: Mostly sunny, not as cold. High temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.

Saturday: Chance for flurries in the morning. A mix of sun and clouds. Milder, high temperatures in the middle to upper 40s.

Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny, a bit cooler. High temperatures in the lower to middle 40s. 

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