The National Weather Service has issued several watches, warnings and advisories in advance of a storm system that could bring snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain into the state starting Wednesday afternoon.
Channel 3 Early Warning Weather meteorologist Mark Dixon said Wednesday started out on a cold note with mainly clear skies, but that will all change once the high pressure system that's affecting Connecticut now relinquishes its control as the day progresses.
Dixon said snow or a wintry mix will break out by mid-afternoon and will likely have an impact on the evening commute across Connecticut.
As a result of the mess that's expected across the state, NWS officials issued several warnings in advance of the weather.
To read the full list of the winter weather watches, warnings and advisories, click here.
Winds are also expected to be quite strong, Dixon said, and winds could gust to between 50 and 60 mph.
While at the onset Connecticut will likely see snow, Dixon said, the track of the storm will bring a mix of precipitation including sleet, then freezing rain and a cold rain. But because the storm's center is likely going to track right over the center of the state, roughly following Interstate 84, some areas of the state will experience far more icy precipitation, while others will experience a fairly rapid progression to plain rain.
Dixon said the state will get a break from the unsettled winter weather on Friday, but then later Saturday into Sunday could prove to be tricky as there is a potential for another storm to brush southern New England with some light, but measurable snow.
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