Good Friday Evening!
***A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Litchfield, Hartford, and Tolland Counties from now through early Saturday morning***
Today started out mild with temperatures in the 50s early this morning, but colder air is now in place and temperatures will continue to slowly drop tonight. A cold rain this evening will gradually mix with sleet and snow from northwest to southeast across the state. The transition to the wintry mix will probably hold off until after midnight in Hartford and points south and east. This is a fast moving storm and the last of the precipitation will fall by sunrise. As far as accumulation goes, I expect 2-5" of sleet and snow in the Northwest Hills and a coating to 2" elsewhere. This will be elevation dependent. The shoreline can expect little or no snow accumulation.
Most of the weekend will be dry and seasonably chilly. After the clouds clear away tomorrow morning we can look forward to a partly to mostly sunny skies the rest of the day. It'll be breezy and chilly with highs ranging from the 30s in the Litchfield Hills to the lower 40s along the I-95 corridor. The mercury will then dip into the teens and lower 20s Saturday night under mainly clear skies. Sunday will be a nice day too, although sunshine will fade behind increasing cloudiness during the afternoon. Highs will range from the upper 20s in the hills to the 30s elsewhere. Winds will be fairly light. If you have plans to do some holiday shopping this weekend or some outdoor decorating, weather conditions will be good most of this weekend!
The next storm will take aim at Connecticut Sunday night. With cold air in place, precipitation will likely begin as snow and sleet. Roads will become slick Sunday night with 1-3" of snow and sleet accumulating. Warmer air will move in aloft later Sunday night. However, a strong high pressure system to our north will keep cold air locked in at the surface. That means snow and sleet will change to freezing rain. While we don't expect a major winter storm, icy conditions will make for a messy Monday morning commute in many parts of the state. Temperatures will rise well above freezing Monday and any freezing rain will change to rain statewide. Rain should come to an end by evening.
The rest of next week will be mainly dry, but temperatures will trend downward in a big way. Tuesday won't be terribly cold, but daytime temperatures will remain below freezing Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, highs Thursday should be in the mid 20s! At night, the mercury will dip into the teens with some single digits in the normally colder locations. Brisk winds will certainly add to the chill. The coldest weather of the week will occur Friday morning, but temperatures will begin to moderate Friday afternoon.
Have a terrific weekend and be safe!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest