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Severe thunderstorm with damaging winds and hail tonight and snow possible for weekend

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Parts of Connecticut were getting hit hard with rain on Friday evening, but snow is possible for the first weekend of April. 

A cold front moved through the state and showers and a few thunderstorms.

“Some storms will be capable of producing heavy downpours and gusty winds. There is even a chance for a severe thunderstorm or two. This will be more the exception than the rule, but some storms could pack a pretty good punch,” WFSB Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said.

A severe thunderstorm warning issued for Windham, Tolland and Hartford counties until 8:15 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was previously issued for New Haven and Middlesex counties until 8 p.m.

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Temperatures will be between 50 to low 60s.

As a result of some weekend weather issues, Eyewitness News declared Friday an Early Warning Weather Day.

The weekend starts comfortably with on and off rain showers on Saturday morning.

“Rain showers will mix with snow Saturday night as the arctic front barrels through and temperatures begin to plunge,” DePrest said.

The change will happen sometime after midnight, DePrest said.

“The mercury will dip to between 25 and 30 degrees by late Saturday night and a northwesterly wind will get quite gusty by morning,” DePrest said.

A high win watch is in effect for the southern half of the state for late Saturday night and Sunday. 

Snow totals will see a coating to an inch. There could be up to 3 inches in the higher inches.

“Snow or snow showers will linger into Sunday morning and the ground will be white in many parts of the state.  Accumulations will likely range from a coating in the lower elevations (perhaps nothing at the coast) to 2 or 3 inches in some higher elevations,” DePrest said.

With the cold air blowing in, there is a chance for a few snow squalls as well as lightning and thunder. 

“The weather could be quite intense for a few hours with the gusty winds and blowing snow,” DePrest said.

By mid-day on Sunday, the sky will become partly to mostly sunny, but DePrest said that   strong northwesterly wind will continue to usher in unseasonably cold air.

“It is going to feel more like February,” DePrest said.

Temperatures could only perk near 40 degrees with most of the day being in the 30s. Wind chills will make it feel like the teens or 20s. 

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