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Snow, sleet, freezing rain make for tricky commute

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The snow started to fall across the state on Monday afternoon, but it will eventually change over to freezing rain and sleet overnight into Tuesday.

As of about 7 p.m. on Monday, steadier snow began to fall, coating the ground across the state.

Later Monday night, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said the snow turned over to freezing rain and rain in some areas.

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Eyewitness News declared Monday is Early Warning Weather Day.

Cancellations began showing up in Eyewitness News's system late Monday morning. The University of Connecticut announced the closure of all of its campuses at 5:30 p.m. See the complete list of closures here.

DePrest said most of the state will see between 0.5 inches and 3 inches of snow, with lighter accumulations along the shoreline.

"The ground is very cold after our round of record shattering sub-zero cold," DePrest said. "By morning, precipitation will change to all rain although pockets of freezing rain could persist over portions of Northern and Western Connecticut."

Even though temperatures were in the teens and 20s early in the evening on Monday, they will rise overnight.

"By morning, temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s in many locations, although the cold air will be hard to scour out over portions of Northern Connecticut," DePrest said.

Stormy weather and a big warm-up are in store for Tuesday.

Strong southerly winds will push temperatures into the 50s.

Rain will fall during the morning, but the heaviest rain will come down during Tuesday afternoon.

"Rainfall totals will likely range from 0.75” to 1.50”.  While we don’t expect any big problems with flooding there could be some localized poor drainage flooding on streets, especially where storm drains are blocked by snow," DePrest said.

Rain will end by Tuesday evening.

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