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Bruce DePrest answers viewer questions about upcoming snow, weather

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Bruce DePrest

I am still going strong, but I will need to sign off for now. Thank you all so much for your great questions. I wish I could answer all of them. I am sure we will have another opportunity to chat in the coming weeks! Bruce

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9 minutes ago

Comment From Dennis

You must be exhausted! When do you get to go home?

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11 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Dave! January was 2.8 degrees colder than normal. February so far is averaging 9 degrees colder than normal. The winter of 2010 and 2011 compares more favorably to what we saw in the late 70s.

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11 minutes ago

Comment From Dave

Bruce what was January's average temperature? It seems like the winter pattern the last couple of years has been like the late 1970's. Do you see that?

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13 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Shirley, you are very welcome. So many question and such little time!

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13 minutes ago

Comment From Shirley

Hi Bruce, Just want to say this is a great service provided to us. Questions and answers have been very infomational. Thank you!

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14 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

My favorite kind of storm is a good old fashion snowstorm!

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14 minutes ago

Comment From LEGO

What's your favorite type of storm??

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14 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Lisa. I did get one photo of the strange clouds. It looks like the edge of a bank of low clouds to me, but I will have to further investigate.

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14 minutes ago

Comment From Lisa

I'll stay up until 11:00 to watch the weather if someone can explain that cloud to me. Here is a great chance to educate some more, lol. The pictures were pretty cool.

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16 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

This can be explained by the jet stream, which has been plunging southward from Canada bringing in one batch of cold air after another. This pattern is only going to get more intense over the coming days.

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17 minutes ago

Comment From Doty King

We are 11 days into the month of February, and every day has been colder than normal. Why is this?

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17 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

We do take some heat from time to time, but we have to have a tough shell. We can't always be spot on, but we have done well this winter for the most part. Thank you for the nice compliment! We have a great team of forecasters here at Channel 3!

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18 minutes ago

Comment From Laurie

Hi Bruce. I know you guys get a lot of criticism at times regarding your forecasts, but i think you guys do an incredible job. Thank you for working so hard to keep us all informed. Especially this winter with these crazy storms

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19 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Steve, it is possible. We would have to get at least 6" of snow and that is looking iffy right now.

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19 minutes ago

Comment From Steve

Saturdays Storm ........Do you think it's going o be big enough to name? Is there more than six inches coming??

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20 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Mary. One of the biggest snowfall records I've seen is 50" in Middletown during the Blizzard of 1888. As far as Bradley International Airport is concerned, the biggest snowfall record is 24.0" during a storm in January of 2011.

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20 minutes ago

Comment From Mary P

What was the biggest snowfall record Connecticut has seen?

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22 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

I believe at least to the letter "O". We had Winter Storm Olaf in April of 1982.

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22 minutes ago

Comment From soae

What's the furthest WFSB has gotten down the named storm list?

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23 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Dixie, we come up with different themes each year. They have ranged from monster names to the names of Connecticut towns. This year, we have popular vocalists as our theme.

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23 minutes ago

Comment From Dixie

How do you pick the storm names each year?

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24 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

This is a great question. We will name a storm if we expect at least 6" of snow for much of the state and/or 1/2" of ice as in during an ice storm.

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24 minutes ago

Comment From Mary P

How is the name of a storm decided? I've always wondered this!

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25 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Flooding is possible with all of this snow on the ground. Hopefully, we'll have a gradual melt as we head toward spring. I've seen 1" of water translate into 8" of snow and as much as 20" of snow. it all depends of the temperature.

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26 minutes ago

Comment From Laurie

How many inches of rain are in an inch of snow (or the other way around. Lol). It just seems like we are going to have a flood when this snow starts melting

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27 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Blizzard conditions are more likely over eastern sections of New England. The best time to travel Saturday would be in the morning. Snow will begin to fall Saturday afternoon and it will continue Saturday night. The snow will get blown around quite a bit Saturday night and Sunday morning with winds gusting to 40+ mph.

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27 minutes ago

Comment From Kris

HI Bruce, I am out of state currently at the moment. I am supposed to come home on Saturday. what is your thought on the weather I heard from your old friend Bob S. that there may be a Blizzard coming ?

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29 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Well, hopefully not many. But, the way things are going I could easily see 2 or 3 more named storms.

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29 minutes ago

Comment From Matthew glad

How May snow storm do we have left

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30 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Maryl. It is quite possible to have spring flooding, especially with this deep snow cover. There is a lot of water on the ground. The worst thing that could happen would be to get a heavy rain with temps in the 50s and 60s. Heavy rain combined with melting snow could spell trouble especially with the frozen ground underneath. We had that situation in 2011 and my basement got flooded.

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30 minutes ago

Comment From Maryl Y

Will we see a lot of spring flooding?

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32 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

No, this storm tomorrow will begin later in the morning. The first flakes will start to fly between 9 am and noon and most of the snow will come during the afternoon hours. A coating to 2".

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32 minutes ago

Comment From Guest

Will this storm affect the morning commute?

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33 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

A coating to 1" tops!

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33 minutes ago

Comment From Guest

How much snow predicted for Old Saybrook around 6:30 tomorrow night?

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33 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

The snow will end by Sunday afternoon, but it will be blowing around due to very strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures.

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33 minutes ago

Comment From Guest

We are planning a party for Sunday afternoon. Will there be too much snow for people to travel to Glastonbury?

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34 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Saturday afternoon and evening. It'll be slippery when if you plan on going out to dinner later in the day.

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34 minutes ago

Comment From Jeff

When on Saturday will the snow come and Will it be ok to go out Saturday for valentines dinner

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35 minutes aago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Tracy. If you leave in the morning, you should be ok. The afternoon will be tricky with snow developing.

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35 minutes ago

Comment From Tracy Stein

I drive to NYU Westchester Campus on Saturdays. Will I have treacherous weather?

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36 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Mary. Still too early to tell. We will keep you updated over the coming days.

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36 minutes ago

Comment From Mary

When will we know how much we will get in snow on Sunday?

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36 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Lou! Yes, Saturday evening will likely be snowy and cold. you may want to leave earlier in the day.

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37 minutes ago

Comment From Lou

I am thinking of driving to NC Saturday evening and into Sunday. Leaving Sat around 2 ish. Think it will be safe?

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37 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Paul. I don't expect much of a pattern change in February, but things should improve in March simply due to the strength of the sun.

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38 minutes ago

Comment From Paul Lemieux

Bruce, What is the 30 day outlook? When will this fridgid pattern break?

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39 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Steve! I remember one year we made it all the way up to storm Olaf! That was a blizzard in April of 1982, but it has been a while since we made it high into the alphabet.

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39 minutes ago

Comment From Steve

Hey Bruce- can you please make it snow this weekend? Thank you! ;). I need one more named storm- never seen you get name an "F" before

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41 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Lisa! I am unaware of a strange cloud being reported today. I must have had myself buried in making the forecast!

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41 minutes ago

Comment From Lisa

What was that strange cloud today everyone is talking about? Was that answered already?

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42 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Bruno. A winter storm is usually when we expect 6" of snow or more over a given time period. However, if the visibility drops to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 consecutive hours and if winds are 35 mph or greater for that same period, we have a blizzard!

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43 minutes ago

Comment From Bruno Baxter

What is the difference between a "Blizzard" and a "Winter Storm"?

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44 minutes ago

Bruce DePrest

We just forecast the weather and the superintendents decide about schools!

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45 minutes ago

Comment From Timothy

Could you consider making a public announcement on TV tonight to cancel schools? (Serious but joking)

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi jack. Yes, the snow will stick to the roads since the temperature will remain below freezing all day. A lot depends on what the road crews do when it comes to salting, etc.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Jack Volpe

hi bruce will it be slick tomorrow on the roads?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Laurie! The GFS and European models have been doing a good job this winter.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Laurie

which "model" do you trust most this season? Which one has been th most reliable?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Dixie. Yes, snow would settle faster if it was wetter and if we got temperatures above freezing.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Dixie

Bruce, most of the snow we've had has been dry and fluffy. The temps have been quite cold and nothing is melting. I know snow settles, but this stuff is still up to my thighs. Is that typical of dry snow? would it settle faster if it was wetter?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Judy. We've had a tradition of naming winter storms at Channel 3 since 1971 and we have kept that tradition going. The Weather Channel started naming storms in recent years. We decided to stay with our practice of naming local winter storms since the Weather Channel names storms for the entire country even if they don't have an impact on Connecticut.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Judy D

Why do you guys use different names for storms than the National Weather Service?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Maryl. The various models all have their strengths and weaknesses. The GFS has been a good model lately and the European model is reliable as well. I must say, the European model really stood out as the best during Superstorm Sandy.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Maryl Y

Which is the predictor of weather - the European model or the U.S. Model?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Jeff, we may have to wait until March the way things are going.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Jeff

When will we start seeing warmer temperatures this cold weather has to go

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Tricia. Heating degree days are derived from taking the average temp for the day and subtracting it from 65. Thus, if the average temp is 20 degrees you will have 45 degree days. That directly corresponds to how much fuel will need to be burned to keep you house warm

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about an hour ago

Comment From Tricia

What are heating degree days?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Paul. Great question. Snow can be a great insulator and protect insects like ticks. It is my understanding, extreme cold with little snow cover can be more effective in killing biting insects.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Paul Lemieux

Does this snowy/cold winter mean less biting insects this spring/summer?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Judy! This is a great question. The temperature aloft is what really matters. Snow can fall through a warm layer aloft and melt, becoming a raindrop. The drop can fall through a subfreezing layer of air above the ground. If the cold layer is deep enough, the drop will have time to freeze, becoming a sleet pellet. If the cold layer is shallow, the super cooled drop will freeze as soon as it hits the ground. This is what we call freezing rain.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Judy D

Why does it sometimes rain when temperature is below freezing? Shouldn't it be snowing?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Joanna. Snow can fall at extremely cold temperatures. I've seen snow while the temperature is in the single digits. At that point, you are dealing with a very light, fluffy snow.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Joanna

Is it ever too cold to snow?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Tricia! Yes, large nor'easters can have a distinct center or an eye and they can be as strong as hurricanes. They can also cause as much if not more damage than hurricanes since these powerful ocean storms can batter the coast through several high tide cycles.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Tricia

Do these nor'easters have an eye? And could they be like hurricanes in a way?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Carrie! Tornadoes really haven't increased in our area. In CT, we average 1 to 2 tornadoes per year.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Carrie T

Is there a reason why tornadoes seem to have increased in the area?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

This is a great question Tom. Sometimes it is easier to forecast several days down the road than just a few hours away. I am talking about situations when thunderstorms are getting ready to develop and we aren't sure where the severe weather will evolve.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Tom

I understand that weather can be difficult to predict,but how many hours do you need to give an accurate prediction.

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Tyler. The next storm will be named Faith then comes Gavin, Hunter, Iggy, and Jason! Hopefully, we won't get that far!

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about an hour ago

Comment From Tyler

Can you tell me what the next storm will be named?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

I am getting a lot of questions about schools tomorrow. I can never forecast what a superintendent will do in a minor snowfall event of a coating to 2". However, I would have to say most schools will be open tomorrow.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Is it unusual to h...

Hi Bruce. I'm writing from Bristol. Do you think the snow will be enough to cause schools to close early tomorrow

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Sal. Absolutely, that will happen. The sun continues to gain strength by 3 minutes per day and the days are growing longer. That will definitely have an impact on our temps in March.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Sal

Is there a chance we will get some warmer temperatures in the next month

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Stephanie! Do you mean a new name for a winter storm? Not sure what you mean. The next name on our list is Faith, named after Faith Hill.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Stephanie J

I live in the quiet corner, however after our snow totals I believe we are due for a new winter name :)

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Kenny. It could be a big one, but I would be more worried if i lived in Maine. Here in CT, it looks like a light to moderate snowfall, maybe 3-6" as an initial forecast.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Kenny

Looking like a big one Sunday?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Olivia. Norfolk could end up with 2" maybe 3" tomorrow and tomorrow night.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Olivia

How much snow should we expect in Norfolk tomorrow and when will it start?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Yes, you will be driving home in snow tomorrow, but we are only expecting a coating to 2".

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about an hour ago

Comment From Guest

Hi Bruce and neighbor. Will we be driving home in the snow tomorrow?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Tracy! Yes, we have caught up to our normal snowfall for the season. Currently, we have 41.5" for the season at Bradley International. Normal snowfall for a season is just shy of 4 feet.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Tracy

Good Evening. Seems that the snow took its time starting this season. Have we caught up to our average snowfall yet?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Karen! I love questions like this. I'll be 59 years old this year, but my wife, Cheryl, keeps me in good shape with with healthy food and a healthy way of life.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Karen

How do you stay so young looking?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Diane! We are stuck in this pattern for the next couple of weeks and perhaps beyond. We may have to wait until March to see a significant change in the pattern. This current pattern is very persistent

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about an hour ago

Comment From Diane B

Is there a way to know when this weather pattern will change?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Carrie! Great question. There are many factors involved when it comes to snowfall and temperature. You often hear 1" of water can translate into 10" of snow. But, that can vary from 8" of snow to as much as 20" of snow if the air is very cold and you get the proper snowflake structure.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Carrie T

Hi Bruce! Is there a perfect temperature for snow or are there multiple factors involved?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

The 0Z suite will be interesting indeed. The new model runs should shed some light on how much snow we'll get Sunday. I will have that new information for you at 11:00 on Eyewitness News.

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about an our ago

Comment From Mark

0Z suite will be interesting tonight concerning Sunday.

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Tricia! There is always a chance for scattered power outages when winds reach 40 mph or higher in gusts. However, I don't expect this to be a widespread problem.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Tricia

Winds with possible power outages? Will this be ongoing with the storm ?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

For Saturday, there is the potential for a 3-6" snowfall, but that could change. It would start in the afternoon and continue Saturday night.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Sandy DeFrancesco

How many inches of snow in Windsor on Saturday

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

I would have to say yes!

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about an hour ago

Comment From Guest

Will there be school tomorrow?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Not yet Matthew! Plenty of wintry weather to come!

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about an hour ago

Comment From Matthew glad

Hi are we dun with any snow storm yeat

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

For Branford and West Haven, a coating to 1" of snow tomorrow and tomorrow night. Maybe 2" tops. The first snowflakes will begin to fly between 9 am and noon.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Remix

How much snow is expected for Branford and West Haven? Beginning time for that area?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

The shoreline will probably see a coating to 1" of snow tomorrow and tomorrow night.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Remix

How much snow is expected for the shoreline?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

I can't call off winter just yet. There are still several significant snow threats over the coming weeks and the coldest weather of the winter is still ahead of us between now and the middle of next week.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Stephanie J

Are we seeing the light at the end of winter? Just small amounts here or there but no major snow totals in sight???

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Great question. The color of lightning depends on what the light travels through. Haze, dust, and other particles in the atmosphere will affect the color of lightning by absorbing or diffracting a portion of the white light.

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about an hour ago

Comment From Dixie

Hi Bruce, to kick off the questions, can you explain to me why lightning is different colors? I've been told that red lightning is not as powerful or "hot", purple lightning is hotter and blue is the hottest you can get. Is that how it works? or is there another reason for the various colors?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Hi Kelly! If you're driving to Boston, Sunday through Tuesday could be rough. An large ocean storm could deliver a 6" snowfall beginning Saturday afternoon and lasting into Sunday morning. The snow will be blown around by gusty winds. More snow and a wintry mix is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

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about an hour ago

Comment From Joseph.Wenzel

FROM Kelly VI'm driving to Boston Sunday to stay until Tuesday. How will it be?

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about an hour ago

Bruce DePrest

Thursday, we can expect a coating to 2" of snow.

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Comment From Kaitlyn

How much snow should we expect on Thursday?