Wintry Mix Expected During Tuesday Morning Commute

Just days after the season’s first snowfall, a wintry mix headed into the state Tuesday morning could make for a troublesome commute in northern counties.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that is effective for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday and ending at 10 a.m.

Between those hours “light amounts of freezing rain are likely. The ice will result in very slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges,” the weather service said.

There was no precipitation in the Vernon-Tolland area at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, but there’s an 80 percent chance for a mix of rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet before 11 a.m. Any snow and sleet accumulation is likely to be less than half an inch, the NWS said.

Those in southern Connecticut will likely see rain throughout the day, while those further north could get slick conditions early on and rain by midday.

Tuesday’s temperatures and those forecast for the rest of the week will be “below normal” due to an arctic front moving in, the NWS said.

The high temperature in the Hartford area on Tuesday will be 40 degrees and temperatures will drop into the 20s at night, where they’ll remain the rest of the week, the NWS said.

There is another chance for snow Wednesday morning, when the temperature is forecast in the mid-20s throughout the day and in the teens overnight. Wind gusts could also top 34 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday is expected to be sunny, with temperatures in the high 20s. Friday will be cloudy, with temperatures remaining in the 20s, and a 30 percent chance for snow at night, the NWS said.

With the first significant snowfall of the season behind us, Glastonbury police are warning motorists to slow down — even after the snow is cleared.

The snow starts to melt during the day but the water freezes at night, causing drivers to slide if they don’t drive slower. To illustrate their point, police posted a picture of a one-car rollover on Hebron Avenue from Sunday night on Facebook. The SUV’s sole occupant was OK, they said.

“This time of year with daytime melting and cold nights, black ice can develop quickly on the roads,” police warned. “Please slow down and use caution when driving under these conditions.”

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