-Meteorologist Kevin Arnone
The winter chill has arrived in Connecticut, at least for the time being. The first of two arctic blasts will be felt right through the weekend. (Second one comes late next week) Temperatures are expected to feel like the teens and 20s Friday evening through early Sunday. Highs this weekend will struggle to make it out of the 30s. Below is a forecast wind chill temperature early Saturday morning. When you wake up to take your dog for a walk, it will feel like the single digits to teens, Brrr! But that’s not all we’re expecting. The first statewide accumulating snow is becoming more likely late this weekend.
A weak storm system will travel our way from around the Chicago area and bring a wintry mess to the northeast Sunday night into Monday morning. We’ll see snow change over to a wintry mix followed by some rain through the morning commute on Monday before it end early afternoon. This will cause snowfall amounts to stay on the lower side. Mild air will push temps to near 40° Monday afternoon. Read below for a more detailed breakdown:
Timing: There will be a round of light moisture ahead of this system that will bring flurries and light snow showers Sunday afternoon. A few towns may see a quick dusting but other than that it won’t be a big deal! The main round of precipitation holds off until late Sunday night. Because of the cold temperatures this weekend any snow that does fall will have no issue sticking to the surface. Precip will start as snow late Sunday night and we’ll continue with a period of moderate snow for the first few hours. There will be a push of warmer air higher up in the atmosphere that will cause a changeover from snow to eventually a wintry mix starting along the shoreline and advancing towards the north. The wintry mix will likely change to all rain along the shoreline but we should hold on to snow/wintry mix a bit longer in northern CT especially north of I-84. This changeover will likely occur during or just before the AM commute Monday morning. Snow/rain will end midday and slow clearing for the late afternoon and evening.
Impact: The Monday morning commute will likely be a mess. Snow will be changing to wintry mix then eventually rain. Plan to give yourself some extra time. School delays along the shoreline can be expected at this point with a few cancellations inland.
How much? 1″ to 3″ seems likely with this scenario with the potential for a little more north of I-84. We’re not talking about a major event but the timing is rough during the AM commute on Monday
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-Meteorologist Kevin Arnone