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Freeze watch issued as NOAA releases winter outlook

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The 2016 winter outlook. (NOAA photo) The 2016 winter outlook. (NOAA photo)

Freezing temperatures are expected to hit the state this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a Freeze Watch for most of Connecticut except for Northern Litchfield County for late Saturday night and Sunday morning.  A Freeze Watch has also been issued for all of Southern Connecticut for late Sunday night and Monday morning.

“If you have any tender outdoor plants that are susceptible to a frost or freeze, you will certainly want to bring them indoors or at least protect them no later than tomorrow evening,” WFSB Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said.

People outside on Saturday could need to bundle up.

“Tomorrow will be partly sunny, windy and quite cool,” DePrest said.

Speaking of winter-like temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter outlook late Thursday morning. The outlook includes the months of December, January and February.

“[The] NOAA is forecasting a wet and mild winter for Southern New England,” Dixon said. “The major player is El Nino, which is among the strongest on record.”

For much of Connecticut specifically, the NOAA forecasted a greater than 33 percent chance for a mild winter.

“For northern portions of Connecticut and the rest of New England, they give a greater than 40 percent chance for a mild winter,” Dixon said. “The chance for a wetter than normal winter is greater than 33 percent for most of Connecticut, but greater than 40 percent for extreme southeastern Connecticut.”

Dixon pointed out that long range forecasts are very tricky and there were a number of other factors that could influence this winter’s weather.

“It’ll be very interesting to see how things unfold over the coming months,” he said.

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