Hey everyone, just a quick overnight update. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning across the shoreline in Connecticut. It’s important to note that a blizzard actually has nothing to do with the amount of snow we have falling to the ground, it has to do with wind, and reduced visibility due to snow. CLICK HERE to see the definition of a blizzard. Here are the details for the warning in Connecticut:
...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM SATURDAY TO 7 AM EST SUNDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS UPGRADED THE WINTER STORM WARNING TO A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM SATURDAY TO 7 AM EST SUNDAY. * LOCATIONS...SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD...SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN...SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX AND SOUTHERN NEW LONDON COUNTIES IN CONNECTICUT. * HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES IS EXPECTED SATURDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING. * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 10 TO 15 INCHES. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. * WINDS...NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. * VISIBILITIES...NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. * TEMPERATURES...20S. * TIMING...LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. * IMPACTS...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS LIKELY. SECONDARY AND TERTIARY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE. STRONG WINDS MAY DOWN POWER LINES AND TREE LIMBS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
The updated forecast is available RIGHT HERE: http://wxedge.com/2016/01/22/friday-night-winter-storm-update/