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What To Expect From This Weekend’s Storm

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Light snow begins during the afternoon on Saturday. It’ll gradually pick up in intensity, but before sunset it appears that travel won’t be a major issue. After the sun goes down the snow will come down pretty heavily, with the wind gusts picking up to 35 or 40 mph. There could be near white-out conditions at times on Saturday night into Sunday morning. In the early morning hours on Sunday there will be a gradual changeover to a wintry mix and rain, beginning from south to north. By 8 AM or so on Sunday the snow/sleet/rain will begin to taper off, leading to improving conditions throughout the morning.

ACCUMULATIONS

There will be a decent range, and of course it all depends on the exact track of the storm. The majority of the state will be in the 4 to 10 inch range. Towards the southeast coast (towns like Groton, Stonington, Norwich) will get lesser amounts, to the tone of 2 to 4 inches. As is often the case, the northwest hills of CT will see the most. We’re expecting 8 to 10 inches, with a few spots possibly picking up as much as a foot.

IMPACT

Travel should be acceptable for much of the daytime hours on Saturday. We know that a lot of people have holiday parties on Saturday night, and it doesn’t look good, especially towards the midnight hour. Overnight travel will be very rough, with freezing rain possibly causing a sheet of ice on top of the snow. After sunrise on Sunday the roads will slowly improve. By Sunday afternoon the roads should be driveable throughout much of the state.

There’s definitely a chance for power outages, but it doesn’t look like there will be anything widespread.

Other than a few scattered school delays on Monday morning, it does not look like there will be an impact to school systems.

Bottom line: Stay inside, curled up with a mug of your favorite hot beverage (and the snuggie of course) and you should be okay! Share this status to let people know what’s going on.

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