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Big weekend storm expected to bring lots of rain; flood watch issued for this weekend

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

After a fairly light storm hit Connecticut on Friday morning, a more significant one is expected to descend on the state this weekend.

A quick burst of snow fell across the state Friday, however there was not much precipitation associated with the storm. Snow accumulations were expected to be anywhere from a coating to an inch.

The snow fall did affect the Friday morning commute and create several spin outs on the state highways. It is also caused several schools to have delays.

"There may be a few icy spots where the temperature dips close to freezing," said Meteorologist Scot Haney.

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The January thaw was expected to begin Friday, with temperatures in 30s to 40s, but a "big storm" is expected to arrive this weekend.

"A strong southerly flow of mild air will develop tomorrow in advance of a cold front and winds will get quite gusty. The mercury will likely pop into the 50s before the day is over and temperatures could rise to record or near record levels," Haney said.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for all of Connecticut from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Long periods of drizzle are expected throughout Saturday afternoon, however the "heaviest rain" is expected Saturday evening. There could be 1.0 inches to 1.5 inches of rain throughout the state.

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The rain is expected to end early Sunday morning, and the day is expected to be sunny with highs in the 40s.

"Warmer than normal temperatures are likely to remain with us through the middle of next week," Haney said.

However, Haney said "the chill of winter will likely return by week's end."

"A period of snow or snow showers are possible late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as a low pressure system develops off the coast of eastern New England," Haney said.

To read Haney's latest technical discussion, click here.

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