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Winter storm watch: Big snow expected

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Get ready for significant snow, likely enough to guarantee us a White Christmas.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch for southwestern Connecticut from Saturday morning to late Saturday night.

Tyler Godrey awoke to a reported 26" of snow in Wales Center, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. He was tasked with cleaning off the accumulation to access his car for the commute to work.

Tyler Godrey awoke to a reported 26″ of snow in Wales Center, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. He was tasked with cleaning off the accumulation to access his car for the commute to work. Don’t worry, we’re not going to get that much snow.

Cold, brisk and dry conditions are expected today as high pressure passes to the south and a cold front approaches from the north. The front will pass through this evening as strong high pressure builds over New England.

A steady light snow should develop Saturday as low pressure moves across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys on its way to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Temperatures will remain cold enough for the entire area to see all snow into Saturday evening and significant snow is likely away from the coast.

The snow is forecast to start late Saturday morning and gradually pick up intensity.

Saturday night will bring the heaviest accumulation, falling at times, more than an inch or 2 an hour.

So, how much snow are we going to get?

Six to 10 inches, along with a trace of ice, according to the National Weather Service.

WTNH’s Gil Simmons expects 7 to 12 inches across most of Connecticut.

This afternoon: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday: Snow, mainly after 11am. High near 21. Northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Snow before 5am, then snow and sleet. Low around 20. Blustery, with an east wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Sunday: Sleet, mainly before 7am. High near 35. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.

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Jim Shay

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