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Wet surfaces could become icy overnight

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Following the worse commute of the year for many Connecticut drivers, heavy rain moved through the state on Tuesday afternoon, bringing some thunder and lightning along with it.

On Tuesday, the state saw a wind advisory, as gusts of up to at least 40 mph were possible.

"Ahead of these storms, Windsor Locks had a wind gust to nearly 50 mph.  A gust to 51 mph was reported in Norwich," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

Coastal flooding was a concern for southern Fairfield and New Haven counties on Tuesday.

Slick, slushy and wet roads greeted drivers during the early morning hours. Several inches of icy slush made the roads extra slick, especially in the Hartford area.

After dealing with bitter cold temperatures for several days, Tuesday brought temperatures into the mid-50s for daytime highs. 

However, along with the rain came wind.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Eversource was reporting at least 26,000 outages, many of them being in the eastern part of the state.

As of Tuesday evening, there were about 7,000 outages reported.

Before the evening commute, Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said emergency responders were being dispatched in many directions, as wires were down because of the wind.

At one point, Brooklyn reported 3,221 outages, and in Killingly, 3962 were reported.

To check Eversource power outages, click here.

United Illuminating customers can check on outages here.

DePrest said weather conditions will settle as the night goes on, and that is when a cold front will pass through the state.

Temperatures will drop overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday, and some black ice could form, making roads slick.

Wednesday will be a fairly nice day with partly sunny skies with temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees.

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