With rain and snow falling late Thursday night and early Friday morning, and with temperatures dropping into the 20s, forecasters are warning of a flash freeze and a slippery morning commute.
“Motorists should be prepared for hazardous travel,” the National Weather Service said. “Unfortunately, this burst of snow along with the flash freeze will coincide with part of the Friday morning rush hour.”
A mix of rain and snow will fall before midnight, then it’ll rain for about two hours and it is likely to start snowing again around 2 a.m. Friday, the NWS forecast shows. The snow is expected to stop around 8 a.m.
Most parts of the state will see between a coating and an inch of snow, but those farther northeast and northwest could expect up to two inches or more, the weather service said.
“There is a low risk for some 3 to 4 inch snow amounts if the rain changes to snow earlier than expected,” the NWS said.
The temperature on Friday will peak about 2 a.m. in the Hartford area, where the thermometer will read 36 degrees. Most of the day’s temperatures will remain in the 20s before dropping into the teens in the evening.
Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high in the upper 20s. But more snow is likely before noon Sunday, followed by rain — setting the stage for a slushy Super Bowl Sunday. The weather service put the chance of precipitation at 80 percent.
The rain could to turn back to snow early Monday, when there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation.
There will be more chances for snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, the weather service said.