The snow expected to hit southwestern Connecticut tonight should arrive shortly but it might not make much of an entrance after all.
“It should be pretty much on the light side,” said Bill Jacquemin, a meteorologist with the Connecticut Weather Center. “There’s nothing that’s going to be of blizzard proportions or anything like that.”
As of about 5 p.m., the nor’easter still sat “parked off the coast” pulling moisture from southern New England – “that’s why we’re getting the snow,” Jacquemin said.
As dusk sets in and the storm approaches there should be steady snowfall overnight with periods of moderate snowfall, he said.
A National Weather Service winter weather advisory remains in effect for southwest Connecticut until noon Friday.
A coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Friday and warns of minor flooding during high tide Thursday evening and Friday morning, though the majority of roads should remain passable.
Jacquemin put the rate of snowfall at about a half an inch per hour. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Thursday afternoon forecasting a rate of about an inch of snow per hour.
“Everything will get white and slippery pretty quickly,” Jacquemin said.
Either way, the total snowfall expected is about 3 to 6 inches for southwestern Connecticut when all is said and done Friday.
Winds along the coast are expected to reach speeds of about 14 to 17 mph overnight with gusts as high as 28 mph, according NWS.
Those will stick around Friday, though the snow is expected to taper off to showers over the course of the day.
The higher gusts could fell some trees and utility poles causing power outages, NWS warns, though as of 5 p.m. Thursday only five Connecticut Light and Power customers were in the dark as well as one United Illuminating customer.