A fast-developing storm system that brought periods of heavy rain and some snow to Connecticut during the day on Thursday may end as a burst of snow for some Thursday evening. As the storm intensifies, winds will increase, and some 40 mph gusts are possible. As the wind increases, the temperature will fall to near or below freezing in most of the state overnight, and some icy patches are possible on the roads. Storm Team 8 Senior Meteorologist Fred Campagna will have updates on the changing weather.
11 PM UPDATE
Watch out for icy spots on the roads tonight! The wind has not picked up, and the temperature is near freezing inland. It will get breezy to windy after midnight, and that should help to dry some roads before they freeze.
9 PM UPDATE
The last of the rain and snow has exited Connecticut. The wind has not picked up yet, and I’m beginning to wonder if there will be any 30-40 mph gusts. New computer model information keeps gusts between 20-30 mph overnight. Most of the state received 0.5-75″ precipitation from today’s storm. 0.66″ in Bridgeport makes it a wetter than normal month – the third in a row. In fact, Bridgeport actually has a 1.25″ rainfall surplus over the normal amount since July 1.
8 PM UPDATE
Snow continues in most of Eastern CT. It’s still rain near the Shoreline. Elsewhere, temperatures are slightly above freezing in most of the state. Be on the lookout for icy side roads and walkways late tonight. We’re not seeing many strong wind gusts right now, but the winds will increase in the next few hours. Peak gusts between 25-30 mph inland, and 30-40 mph Shoreline are likely. That’s not strong enough to do much damage.
7 PM UPDATE
Precipitation ending from west to east. Snow in most of Eastern CT except for the Shoreline. Radar not picking up on the change to snow near Killingly. Winds are active in SE CT and will pick-up statewide soon.
630 PM UPDATE
The storm is on schedule. Precipitation has ended in western CT, and a change to snow is happening in the I-91 corridor and parts of E CT. The wind is picking up as the storm intensifies. Expect wind gusts over 25 mph by 8 pm, and it will stay windy overnight, with gusts to 40 mph possible.
I still expect the rain and snow to move out of the state by 10 pm.
6 PM UPDATE
Change to heavy snow now in the Northeast hills. Union, CT has heavy snow. Precipitation is ending in W CT, and will end statewide by 10 pm.
545 PM UPDATE
The change to snow continues moving from west to east across CT. It will not be long before the precipitation ends in W CT.
5 PM UPDATE – Watch on News8!
Change to snow continues in W CT, and lightning strikes as the storm strengthens rapidly!
430 PM UPDATE
Most of the state is still seeing moderate to heavy rain, but the colder air is returning to the NW Hills where it has changed to heavy snow. Check out the screen grab from the Mohawk Mountain webcam. They will get some fresh powder in the next couple of hours.
We still expect the snow/rain to end between 7-10 pm from west to east across the state. There will not be any snow accumulation near the Shoreline. There is a better chance of a coating than 2″ in the area shaded in blue, but we are leaving the door open for a few higher amounts if the change to snow happens sooner than expected.