UPDATE 2:15 PM
Winter storm warnings are in effect for the area.
Some light snow activity continues across parts of southern Connecticut. Everything remains on track for widespread and more significant snowfall to begin late this afternoon and early evening. The snow becomes heaviest overnight.
Temperatures are in the 20s for most locations and will likely stay close to current readings or fall into the afternoon. Once the snow begins in earnest, temperatures will plummet into the teens and interior locations could see single digits by Friday morning. Wind chills will be below zero in the -5 to -15 degree range making it feel bitter. Bundle up and limit any skin exposure while outdoors. Travel will become dangerous overnight with snow covered roads, strong winds blowing snow, and low visibilities.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Friday.
Our area could receive between 5 and 10 inches of snow by the time the storm moves out on Friday afternoon.
Here is a link to the NWS video updates on the storm.
Here are some maps tracking the approach of the storm.
And just in case you’ve forgotten what you once knew about preparing for a winter storm, or if you’ve just moved here from, say, Florida, here the official American Red Cross “Guide to Winter Storms.”
Schools across the region have set an early dismissal this afternoon, ahead of the storm. The city of Bridgeport has put special parking rules in effect to aid in plowing and cleanup after the storm, and most other cities and towns likely will too.
Here is your extended forecast, including a warm-up early next week:
- Tonight: Snow with widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 13. Blustery, with a northeast wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
- Friday: Snow likely with widespread blowing snow before 9 a.m., then widespread blowing snow and a chance of snow showers between 9 a.m. and noon, then widespread blowing snow after noon. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -6. Blustery, with a north wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
- Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -9. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light north after midnight.
- Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 25. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
- Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
- Sunday: A chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
- Sunday Night: Rain likely. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
- Monday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent..