First, from Kevin Arnone, our friend and trusted meteorologist from exactweathernow
As one Nor’easter departs, another approaches from the west. Who turned Winter back on? The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire state of Connecticut which will likely be updated to a Winter Storm Warning over the next 24 hours.
Our weather computer models are in good agreement with another storm to move in as early as Wednesday morning and last into Thursday morning. However, this one will be a little different than the last. The wind will not be as strong, coastal flooding will not be as big as an issue and heavy rain won’t be an issue. That all sounds great of course but there’s more cold air to tap into, which means more snow.
I’m expecting 25-35+ MPH gusts during the peak of the storm (Wednesday late afternoon into the evening) and tides to run a little higher than normal but nothing like what we just saw.
Flakes will start to fly as early as Wednesday morning, the heaviest of the snow falls during the late afternoon into the evening. Snowfall rates over an inch an hour are possible, especially in Northern CT. Snow tapers off before sunrise on Thursday.
An early call for snowfall totals is 4 to 8 inches statewide with a little less in SE CT and along the shoreline too because of mixing with rain. Early dismissals from school are likely Wednesday with cancellations Thursday.
And here’s some additional information from the National Weather Service
Heaviest snow expected Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. The Wednesday evening rush hour is expected to be significantly impacted where precipitation is falling as heavy snow.
Travel could be very difficult where precipitation remains heavy snow with the potential for 2 to 3 inch per hour snowfall rates. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.
This will be a wet snow, especially just northwest of the rain/snow line which may result in downed trees and scattered power outages.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
The winter storm watch has been canceled and the Warning is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The NWS calls for heavy snow and accumulations of 6 to 10 inches.
Expect hazardous travel conditions due to snow covered roads and poor visibility. Blowing and drifting sow is possible with Northerly winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph.
Visibility could be one half to a quarter of a mile at times and temperatures are expected to be below freezing around 30 degrees.
We live in New England and should know how to drive in this type of weather, but during the last snowfall state police responded to so many accidents that you’d think it was the first time some residents ever saw snow.
As a precaution, be sure to have necessary food items and water on hand. Also, fill your car with gas and make a run to the ATM because if, by chance we lose electricity gas pumps and ATMs won’t work.
Don’t forget to charge your cel phones and computers too.
Pre-arrange a visit from your friendly snow plow driver if you don’t want to, or can’t shovel because manually removing 6-10 inches of snow can take a toll on you.
Kids, enjoy your snow day!
Hazards include snow, briefly mixing with or changing to freezing rain.
Snow accumulation of 4 to 7 inches with a glaze of ice is expected.
Visibility will be down to 1/4 to 1/2 mile at times.
Temperatures will be in the upper 20s.
Snow will be moderate to locally heavy at times into the evening.
Hazardous travel expected due to snow covered surfaces.
Keep travel down to a minimum and be mindful that other drivers may not be skilled in driving in the snow.
Be prepared for emergency situations by keeping an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle.
Snow is expected to start after midnight Saturday, but mainly predawn (much earlier than our previous story). It then transitions to a mix, then end late afternoon and early evening.
Orange will most likely end up with 1-2 inches of slush.
The Orange Highway Department is ready to go. Foreman Donny Foyer said, “I don’t think it will be too bad. We’re ready for whatever comes. It won’t be like last weekend with all the black ice. It’s nothing we haven’t dealt with before.”
This will be a wet snow, so if your kids get outside really early in the morning before the changeover, they may be able to build a small snowman.
High temperatures for Saturday are forecast to be in the 30s.
Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s.
On Monday we should see more snow, but the fluffy, easy to shovel white stuff, not good for building snowmen.
A winter storm warning is in effect for our area from 4 a.m. tomorrow until 1 p.m. on Friday.
Expect heavy snow severe winter weather conditions with a significant amount of snow that will make travel dangerous.
Everyone is warned to only travel in an emergency, and if you must drive, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.
This will be a coastal storm with strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. Expect wind gusts up to 35 mph.
Be prepared for 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour through the Thursday morning rush hour followed by a lull.
The most significant period of snow will redevelop by Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning.
Wind chills will be around 15 below to 5 below from late Thursday night into Friday.
Blowing and drifting snow will make travel extremely dangerous, visibility could be 1/4 to 1/2 mile at times.
Please be careful out there.