Possible 'Near Blizzard' Conditions in Shelton Friday & Saturday

The National Weather Service reports that current computer models of the approaching storm show it bringing "significant snowfall" to the state, including Shelton!

I know, I know. We're all sick and tired of bad weather. But, here we go ...

Just days past the 35th anniversary of the historic Blizzard of '78, which dumped more than two feet of snow on Connecticut, another major winter storm is bearing down on us and current computer models indicate it could bring as much as a foot of snow to some areas.

The National Weather Service today says that the current track of the storm could bring "near blizzard' conditions to parts of the state by Friday night "with significant snowfall likely" across eastern Connecticut and eastern Long Island.

The weather services says it is still watching the approaching system and is holding off on issuing any hazardous weather warnings until the track and size of the storm become more clear.

The impending snow is the result of two storms that are coming together, one from the Great Lakes region, the other from the Gulf Coast, as they approach the Northeast, according to Fox Meteorologist Rachel Frank. The Gulf system has a lot of moisture and the one from the Great Lakes is bringing little precipitation but plenty of cold air, Frank says.

A mix of rain and snow is expected to fall Thursday night, but the real event will begin on Friday when snow will spread across the state in the morning and will continue into Saturday morning. Some areas will see a few inches of snow, but the eastern part of the state could see as much as a foot of snow, the weather service is currently predicting.

The long range forecast for Shelton calls for clearing on Saturday with temperatures remaining in the 20s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with temps climbing into the 30s.

  • Friday: Snow before 3 p.m., then rain and snow. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. High near 34. East wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
  • Friday night: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet, becoming all snow after 9p.m. The freezing rain and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 23. Windy, with a north wind 22 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
  • Saturday: A chance of snow before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 29. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.


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