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WFSB meteorologists discuss Blizzard Colbie's track

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Meteorologists Scot Haney and Mark Dixon agreed folks should start to think about getting off of the roads in the afternoon.

“By 7 p.m. tonight, that's when things will really start to kick into gear,” Haney said.

The heaviest snow can be expected between 7 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The early warning forecast called for 15-30 inches of snow statewide after all is said and done.

"One thing that the models will not resolve is the smaller or 'mesoscale' banding that occurs within a precipitation shield," Dixon said. "In strong coastal storms, we often see this phenomenon, where there will be a narrow corridor with higher totals than on either side."

The phenomenon happened during Blizzard Charlotte in 2013 when a corridor from Hamden to Manchester saw 30-42 inches.

As of the noon forecast, Dixon said there could be a few areas within the mesoscale bands that receive more snow.

Haney also said there is always the possibility for power outages.

“The winds are going to be so strong,” he explained. “We're talking about gusts in excess of 45-50 mph.”

Haney said the good news is the temperatures will be cold enough the snow will be light and fluffy. The high is expected to be 30 degrees. He said it won't be like the heavy, sloppy snow the state saw Saturday with Winter Storm Blake.

“However, there will be some very poor visibility,” Haney said.

Travel Monday night and all day Tuesday will be nearly impossible. There could be up to 3 inches of snow falling per hour, and with the wind, that will mean zero visibility.

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