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.