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FOX CT Weather: Snow Begins Early, Continues All Day

By JOE FUREY | FOX CT Weather Team

The Hartford Courant

5:27 AM EST, November 26, 2014

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A winter storm warning is now in effect for inland counties and much of Fairfield and New Haven County, while a winter storm watch is in effect for much of the shoreline.

Expect snow to begin by dawn, with the first flakes not sticking. We’ll see snow ramp up in the mid-morning period, and it will be heaviest in the afternoon/evening, so if you’re travelling, go early and be careful. Heaviest snow is set for northwest hills, while the lowest totals are expected towards New London County.

The snow will end around midnight, and it’s cold afterwards into Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

TIMING:

Rain & snow develops between 6-9 a.m., moving from south to north. It’ll intensify during the day, peaking during the afternoon and evening on Wednesday. It ends around midnight Thursday morning, and by the time the sun comes up on Thanksgiving, it’ll be partly cloudy and chilly.

IMPACT:

Main roads may be able to handle the wintry mix for a while, so travel probably won’t be horrible during the morning. As the afternoon progresses, heavier precipitation will be falling, and that could lead to many more travel issues. In the hills, colder air will persist, so roads (especially those less traveled) probably won’t respond well. If you have to travel on Wednesday, the earlier you go, the better.

ACCUMULATION:

This is where it could be tricky, depending on how much warm air moves in. It’s likely a big chunk of the state will see 3-6 inches of wet snow, mixing with sleet and rain at times. The further east you go in Connecticut, the better chance for rain and sleet to mix in. in fact, the southeast corner of the state will get a slushy 1-3 inches. The hills will be the snowiest, as some of the higher elevations will remain snow through the duration of the storm. That will help deliver more than 6 inches for much of Litchfield County, and even upwards of a foot in some of the hilltops.

BOTTOM LINE:

A messy day, with a “mixed bag” of rain/sleet/snow for much of the day. The fact that it is typically the busiest travel day of the year is concerning. If you have to travel, just remember that earlier will be better.

By Thanksgiving we bring on chilly and dry weather, with sunshine expected for both Thursday and Black Friday. For any deal-seekers getting an early start on their holiday shopping, temperatures will be in the teens and 20s on Friday morning.

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