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Winter Storm Darius headed toward CT

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Just as the state gets a quick reprieve from snow, frigid air has pushed its way in.

Parts of the state have been issued a wind chill advisory for Saturday morning.

Warming centers have opened throughout the state for those in need, including the Simsbury Public Library.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron said Saturday is expected to be windy and cold, but also sunny.

Temperatures are expected to range from the middle teens in the Litchfield Hills to between 20 and 25 degrees across the state.

A winter storm warning has been issued for Hartford, Windham and Tolland counties from 9 p.m. Sunday until 1 a.m. Tuesday. Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Litchfield counties are also under a Winter Storm Warning from 9 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. Monday. 

Eyewitness News has named Monday's storm "Winter Storm Darius."

Sunday is expected to be partly sunny and breezy and highs will range from middle 20s to lower 30s.

Then the clouds will arrive in time for the next storm system.

“There is the potential for a major snowstorm Sunday night and Monday,” Cameron said. “All of the computer guidance models are on board with this idea, although there is some variation in the amount of moisture output, which is quite common.”

For now, the WFSB weather team is predicting the potential for eight inches of snow or more.

“Therefore, this will be a 'cold' snowstorm with a dry, fluffy snowfall that can get blown around by the wind,” Cameron said.

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How we chose our storm names

Since 1971, Eyewitness News has been naming its storms. It all started with a team of meteorologists broadcasting weather information on Channel 3, WTIC radio with Bob Steele, and other media outlets. This year, the station is naming the winter storms after popular, current top 40 artists.

The names were chosen by our viewers during a two-week contest on Facebook.

Since the beginning of the season, we've seen snow from Winter Storm Ariana, Winter Storm Blake and most recently saw the wrath of Blizzard Colbie.

For a storm to be named, there must be at least 6 inches of snow for much of the state, and/or half-of-an-inch of ice accretion.

Many people remember Blizzard Larry, also known as the Blizzard of 1978. The big ice storm of December 1973 was named Felix. More recently, we had to deal with Storm Alfred in late October of 2011 - Alfred's heavy, wet snow caused a record power outage in Connecticut. And, it was Blizzard Charlotte that dumped up to 40 inches of snow on the state.

WFSB viewers enjoy the 44-year tradition, and meteorologists at Channel 3 enjoy continuing it.

Storm cleanup continues

The snow from Blizzard Colbie can't be dismissed, as parts of the state are still cleaning up.

In Norwich, 40 percent of the city's budget that is meant to handle the snow has melted away.

New London has also had to deal with a lot of snow removal.

“A lot of expense here. We had to hire contractors because of this storm,” said Barry Ellison, of New London Public Works.

The governor's office is seeking help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for cities like New London which got more than 26 inches of snow.

"FEMA did contact us and sent us forms for reimbursement etc. and we'll be filling that by next Wednesday I can't tell you how much that means to us,” New London Mayor Darryl Finizio said.

Stonington is also still digging out and needed to get help from the Connecticut National Guard after Blizzard Colbie.

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