Slightly Warmer Start To Week Ahead, But Some Snow Possible Tuesday

The weekend’s frigid weather is expected to ease a bit Monday and Tuesday, but some snow could be coming Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

A sudden cold spell on Saturday continued into Sunday as temperatures reached single digits in some parts of the state by the evening hours. By Tuesday, temperatures are expected to climb by about 10 degrees, and snow could start Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service on Sunday night issued a flood warning for Hartford and Middlesex counties as the water level in the Connecticut River was expected to slightly surpass flood stage. The alert said minor flooding is expected in Wethersfield, Glastonbury and Portland.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS is calling for a 40 percent chance of snow. Temperatures will rise by about a dozen degrees, ranging from the low twenties to mid-30s both days.

On Saturday, a cold snap prompted a winter weather advisory for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties. The NWS warned of rain that, when frozen, rendered untreated roads dangerously slick.

A buildup of floating ice has stymied the Housatonic River in Kent, spilling the river over its banks and flooding a quarter-mile stretch of Route 7. State police closed the highway between Bulls Bridge and Route 341 on Saturday night, and as of Sunday afternoon the stretch was still shut down, according to a dispatcher from State Police Troop L.

On Saturday, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department rescued three homeowners using boats, a dispatcher said. The homeowners have yet to return and are staying with friends and family.

Floodwaters have yet to recede as of Sunday afternoon, and “if any more ice dams form,” the dispatcher added, “the water level could rise even further.”

State Rep. Brian Ohler, whose 64th voting district includes Kent, wrote on Instagram Sunday that floodwaters froze overnight. On Saturday, Ohler had tweeted a picture of Kent School’s hockey rink ringed with floodwater.

On Sunday, he tweeted another picture: The water surrounding the rink had frozen solid.

People trying to travel south of Kent should take South Kent Road to Bulls Bridge, and then turn left on to Route 7, Ohler wrote on Instagram. The Housatonic River is running unobstructed north of Cornwall, said Ohler, a volunteer firefighter, creating “intense pressure on the jam point here in Kent.”

“While this phenomenon is quite a sight to see,” he added, “please do not attempt to get close to the ice jam.”

Courant staff writer Shawn R. Beals contributed to this story.

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