Technical Discussion: Strong/Severe Storms Possible... - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Technical Discussion: Strong/Severe Storms Possible...

 *** A FLASH FLOODWATCH remains in effect for all of Connecticut until late Tuesday night, but in some cases until late Wednesday afternoon***


It's an Early Warning Weather Day as the potential exists for more unsettled weather.  In fact, the storms we are expecting later today could rival what we experienced yesterday, reaching severe limits with damaging wind being the primary threat (especially across western CT).  Additionally, due to the tropical nature of the atmosphere, the risk of heavy downpours and flash flooding will continue (statewide). 


Dew point temperatures will range from the upper 60s to the low and mid 70s today, meaning we'll have to deal with this oppressive humidity for a while longer.  At least abundant cloud cover is keeping temperatures from getting out of hand. Highs today, like yesterday, will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s.


While we're starting the day with low clouds and fog in some towns, we could see some sunshine as the morning progresses.  Any sun however will aid to further destabilize an already unstable atmosphere.  The storms we are anticipating later today are happening well in advance of a cold front that will eventually and slowly move through Southern New England on Wednesday.  As it finally departs, the rain should come to an end by later in the day.  However, between now and late Wednesday, parts of the state could receive 2-4" of rain.  In addition to poor drainage flooding, smaller streams, creeks and river could rise out of their banks. 


In the wake of the cold front, high pressure builds in for the end of the week. Much drier air begins settling in Wednesday night leading to dry, comfortable weather for Thursday and Friday.  It'll be seasonably warm both days, but humidity levels will be fairly low.  Daytime highs will be in the low and mid-80s.  The mercury could dip into the 50s in some parts of the state, especially by late Thursday night – great for sleeping!


The risk of a pop-up afternoon shower or thunderstorm will return over the weekend, but it'll be dry a good part of the time. Temperatures should reach the low and mid 80s both Saturday and Sunday.  The humidity will inch a little higher throughout the weekend.  Early next week looks warm as well and humidity levels will continue to rise.




Have a great week and keep an eye to the sky!


Meteorologist Mark Dixon



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