When you think “nor’easter” you typically think snowstorm, especially this time of the year. In this case, we’re looking at mostly a rain storm on the way from Sunday night into Tuesday. Here are the specifics/changes since earlier today:
Wind continues to be one of the two biggest issues we’ll face with this storm. The good news is that the wind looks to be a little bit less strong than it looked earlier today. Gusts could still get up to near 60 which explains the National Weather Service issuing a High Wind Watch for the immediate shoreline. Once you get winds beyond 40 mph, the risk for scattered power outages increases. We also will have a soggy ground that is no longer frozen thanks to days of above freezing temperatures. The worst time for wind will be from early Monday morning into the evening.
High tide times are a bit in our favor with the worst timing of the wind. High tide happens late morning and again just before midnight on Long Island Sound. Winds will really be howling during the first tide cycle, but it will only be the start of the very strong winds. According to the charts, the worst tide cycle will be the night-time one. Check out below and you will see it’s just a bit above astronomical high tide levels which will cause minor flooding in spots right along the beaches that typically flood.
Inland flooding/not tide related flooding is pretty unlikely. While we will see some ponding and puddling, widespread flooding concerns are relatively now. That’s because the total amount of rain we’re expecting is only between an inch and two inches. It’s beneficial for our drought status, and falling over a long enough period of time that it will likely not cause any big problems.
Aside from one forecast model (the one that always goes overkill), snow will be isolated to the highest elevation in Northwestern Connecticut!
So it does look like we’ll see a rough day on Monday with scattered outages, minor tidal flooding, and some snow up north. After that, it will move out by late Tuesday and Wednesday looks sunny and 50 degrees! CLICK HERE for the full forecast.