(WTNH)- It’s going to be a busy next 48 hours here in the weather center with brutal wind chill values, gusty winds and even some snow in the forecast Saturday morning. The arctic air can already be felt when you step outside this morning and it’s only going to get worse through the day today into tomorrow morning.
Meteorologist Kevin Arnone
Highs will only be in the 20s for the afternoon but feeling like the single digits and teens all day. Tonight, record breaking cold is expected. Actual temps will likely be in the single digits. The record low temperature in Bridgeport is 11° which was set way back in 1961. I’d say there’s a pretty good chance that we break that tonight.
Not only do we have the frigid weather, we’re expecting damaging winds tonight. 45-60 mph wind gusts are possible after midnight. Winds that strong may lead to downed trees and power outages. Not only that, but these winds along with very cold temperatures will lead to wind chill values Thursday night into Friday morning around -20°F at times.
With wind chill values this cold, it will only take 20-30 minutes for exposed skin to become frost bitten. So make sure you bundle up if you work outside and especially layer up the kids tomorrow morning at the bus stop!
The good news is that although Friday afternoon it will still be cold with actual temperatures in the 20s, the wind will not be as strong! So wind chill values will actually feel a touch “warmer”, but still in the teens! Clouds begin to increase late Friday afternoon into the evening ahead of the next round of wintry weather.
Snow invades the state overnight Friday into Saturday morning (2am-5am from west to east) and it will pack a punch quickly with a few hours of moderate snow. But just like we saw with the last storm Sunday into Monday, warm air will rush into the state and eventually turn the snow to a mix then rain starting with the shoreline and advancing north late Saturday morning (7am-10am from south to north).
Rain will continue through the late morning into the afternoon before tapering off late afternoon and we’ll even see some clearing during the evening. Before the snow changes over to a mix/rain Saturday morning we’ll several hours of accumulating snow, even along the shoreline.
Below is a look at the forecast snowfall for Saturday morning. This may need adjusting as we get closer, but right now the weather computer models are in pretty good agreement. Keep it here with Stormteam8 or download our free weather app by clicking here!
After the rain departs Saturday afternoon we’ll see a break in the action for the evening which is great news for any holiday shopping or parties! More rain moves in Sunday morning into the afternoon as temperatures soar into the 50s but after the rain departs temperatures quickly plunge into the 20s overnight and we’re expecting a freeze by Monday morning. Stay warm!!
Meteorologist Kevin Arnone