Yet another day here in Connecticut with below average temperatures, but it sure felt nicer out there with the sun shining and no wind! We reached 30°F in many CT towns, but that will certainly not last! Funny story, the News Director at WTNH came into the weather center today asking me about the impending cold and snow. I showed him a graphic from 9 AM Wednesday morning, 78% of the United States was below 32°F, absolutely amazing! But we have some snow to talk about, and then record breaking cold!
Yet again, another arctic cold front will make its way to our region tonight and push through during the day on Thursday. But with the push of cold air, periods of snow showers for the AM commute on Thursday. In the weather world, we call these periods of snow “Snow Squalls”! The skies will turn dark, and the visibility will drop significantly. The snow will start 3-5 AM Thursday morning and it’s all out of here by 10 AM-12 PM. A dusting to 2 inches will do it for the morning hours. Some parts of the state will see nothing, other parts will see 2 inches. So budget some extra time for the AM commute tomorrow, (For the schools that are in session) some schools may even see a delay. It will be very important to watch the radar tomorrow morning, make sure to follow me on facebook or twitter as I always post the most current radar images.
The temperatures will drop during the day on Thursday, we will be in the mid teens for the afternoon. The image above shows where the cold air is coming from with the next push of arctic air!
Forecast temperatures next few days!
Thursday PM: Temperatures in the mid teens!
Friday AM: Below 0 inland, just above 0 for the shoreline
Friday PM: Single digits to low teens
Saturday AM: Statewide below 0°F
But that’s not the main story, this cold will be record breaking! Check out these stats below
For the shoreline, the forecast calls for -2°F Saturday AM, this will break the 65 year old record of 1°F. For inland, both Friday AM and Saturday AM the forecast calls for record breaking cold. Get this, -5°F Friday morning, if it plays out will break a record that was set back in 1936! Saturday AM the forecast calls for -11°F, which will shatter the previous record of -2°, which was set back in 1972!
Thanks for reading!
-Meteorologist Kevin Arnone
Saturday PM into Sunday, there is another system that we are watching. Still a lot of uncertainly with the models which is normal this far out, but as of now it looks like we start as snow statewide, then switch over to ice for most of southern CT, and plain rain for the shoreline. I will have further details on this tomorrow!