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Damaging winds, strong thunderstorms possible for this evening

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Storm clouds rumbled into the state and brought with them heavy downpours and rumbles of thunder with the possibility of gusty winds.

Eyewitness News declared today an Early Warning Weather Day on Friday morning.

WFSB meteorologist Mark Dixon said a cold front moved from western/northwest Connecticut eastward across the state. The storm could produce wind gusts as strong as 55 mph.

Heavy rain reduced visibility on Friday evening, Dixon said.  

"The worst weather will may pass by just to the south of Connecticut,” Bruce DePrest said. 

Dixon also stated that "we cannot rule out an isolated tornado." 

"The likelihood is low, and if one were to develop it would be brief/short lived," he said. 

There is an areal flood advisory for New London and Middlesex counties.

Weather conditions are expected to settle down quickly and, after Friday, there is no rain in the forecast. 

"Behind the front, the Holiday weekend is looking great!  It will be dry all 3 days, but temperatures will fluctuate widely," Dixon said. 

As for Saturday, Dixon advised all spectators of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon to grab a jacket because of chilly temperatures expected in the morning.  

“Weather conditions are still looking very good tomorrow morning for runners and for those cheering them on at the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon,” DePrest said. 

Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s and gradually rise throughout the morning, which DePrest said is “fine for the runners.”

“However, a northerly wind will average 10-20 mph with gusts 20-30 mph. That is not so good,” DePrest said.

As for Sunday, there is the possibility of frost. 

"We are forecasting mostly sunny skies for Sunday. Winds will be light in the morning, but a southwesterly breeze will freshen during the afternoon,” DePrest said.

Monday could see temperatures as high as 75. 

“Columbus Day will be dry and mild with highs in the low and middle 70s!  It’ll be a nice looking day too with partly to mostly sunny skies, although a southwesterly breeze will be a bit gusty at times,” DePrest said.

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