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FOX 61 Forecast: Friday Morning Snow Makes For Slippery Commute

Snow continues to fall across Connecticut with pockets of moderate to heavy snow during this morning’s commute.  Allow plenty of time and use caution driving to work, as the roads are snow covered, causing slick conditions.

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Gov. Dan Malloy has partially activated the state’s emergency operations center to monitor the storm conditions and deal with any impact on the roads.

Impact:

  • Snow covered roads for the morning commute along with poor visibility.
  • Dozens of schools have closed or delayed, find the full list here.
  • Snow will be wet and heavy (tough to move).
  • Some power outages are possible with wet heavy snow sticking to trees and power lines.
  • North winds could gust up to 30 mph, blowing snow.

Accumulations: 

We’re looking at a 3-6 inch range for most of the state, with higher amounts possible in eastern/northeastern Connecticut. Lower amounts, 1-3 inches, likely for northwest Connecticut.

We’re also dealing with a warm ground. While that won’t prevent snow from accumulating, it can eat away at some of the snow that falls. Basically, more snow will fall than will actually accumulate. We feel confident that snow totals will be highest in eastern Connecticut with lower amounts in Litchfield County.While we have high confidence about the impact of this storm, there is lower confidence on the actual accumulations. Typically when forecasting snow, we use a 10:1 snow to liquid ratio. That means every 1 inch of precipitation produces 10 inches of snow. But that ratio will be lower during this storm.

The range you see does a good job at showing local variability depending on elevation and snow intensity and also accounts for a small shift in the storm track. We feel comfortable preparing you for the worst instead of you getting surprised with more than you expected.

It looks like there will be an area that will get 6 inches or more in eastern Connecticut. Right now we think the best chance of that happening is in northeastern Connecticut because of rain mixing issues in New London County. That being said, that bullseye may need to expand or contract depending on the temperature.

Temperatures are starting out in the upper 30s and low 40s early this morning.  However as the snow falls moderately to heavy at times, temperatures will settle back into the low-mid 30s.

On the weather watch for early next week:

While there is no arctic cold in sight, the weather pattern does start to get more interesting heading into next week. A coastal storm with snow and gusty winds is possible next Tuesday. But the trend over the last 24 hours has been to bring the worst of the storm farther offshore. This would mean some snow, but nothing big here in Connecticut. Still, it’s a timeframe we need to keep our eye on as a lot can change between now and Tuesday.

Forecast Details:

Today: Snow, some heavy for the AM drive. Snow ending 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. from west to east. Breezy with developing sunshine. High: Upper 30s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, milder. High: Upper 30s-Low 40s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, mild and breezy. High: Lower 40s.

Monday: Partly sunny with increasing clouds late. High: Upper 20s-Low 30s.

Tuesday: Cloudy with the chance for snow. Watching the track of a developing coastal storm. High: Upper 20s-Low 30s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, chance for snow showers. High: 30s

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