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Heavy snow falls as nor'easter arrives in Connecticut


Many schools in the state dismissed students early as the season's first nor'easter moved into the region, a little more than a week after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area.

Officials from the National Weather Service said the biggest impact won't be snow, sleet or rain, but wind is once again supposed to be strong during the storm.

The National Weather Service issued several types of weather warnings for the state as the storm nears.

A coastal flood warning and high wind warning was issued for:

  • Fairfield County
  • Middlesex County
  • New Haven County
  • New London County

A winter weather advisory was issued for:

  • Hartford County
  • Tolland County
  • Windham County

A wind advisory was issued for the entire state.

The track of the nor'easter will bring the center close to Cape Cod or perhaps slightly east, according to Channel 3 Early Warning Weather meteorologist Scot Haney.

Haney said that while this storm won't be nearly as intense as Hurricane Sandy, it will still be a big nuisance for Connecticut residents still picking up the pieces from that storm.

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain should develop by late morning and early afternoon, and it will continue throughout the afternoon and into Wednesday evening.

Winds will get progressively stronger, too, with the most intense winds expected across the state late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. That's when winds could gust to between 40 and 50 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible near the coast.

Shoreline towns were anxious about the nor'easter Wednesday because officials are worried about rising water.

In Fairfield, which was one of the hardest hit towns by Hurricane Sandy, will be watching the nor'easter closely after the previous storm caused so much damage.

"I don't think we could be in a worse situation. We had Sandy come in and change the topography down there," said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara. "We have people down there trying to get lives back together and now another story with wind up to 60 miles per hour."

Massive pumps finished clearing up to 4 feet of water in some Fairfield neighborhoods Wednesday and homes still hanging on the edge of the Long Island Sound. But, residents are holding on to signs of hope.

"My family is all together, my brother came up to help me," said Kathy Niznanski of Fairfield. "My family and friends have helped me so much."

Strong winds are expected from the nor'easter to cause scattered power outages. As of 4:30 p.m., there were 4,483 Connecticut Light and Power customers and 1,786 United Illuminating customers without power.

Also, coastal flooding could be an issue during the times of high tide Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Minor to possibly moderate coastal flooding is expected with tidal departs of 3 to 4 feet.

In Fairfield, emergency officials will be watching high tide closely.

"I am not really all together because I haven't slept for week," said one Fairfield resident, who did not want to be identified.

Snow accumulations will range from nothing to 2 inches for most of the state, although the hills of northern and western Connecticut could receive 2 to 5 inches of snow.

This coastal storm will linger through most of the day Thursday with periods of rain or a wintry mix, and winds will remain gusty.

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