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Rain for the rest of today, tonight...

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

AFTERNOON UPDATE...

After some dense fog very early this morning and then a few intervals of sunshine, rain was overspreading the state from southwest to northeast as of the Noon hour.  The rain will be light to moderately heavy, and will continue through the evening commute.  Temperatures will be quite mild, holding steady in the mid to upper 50s in many towns.  As a cold front moves through tonight, as this happens we'll have more rain (heavy at times) and the chance for a few rumbles of thunder.  By the morning commute, the rain will be ending from west to east.  With this next batch of rain, we could pick up as much as we did yesterday - if not more in some areas (that would be an additional 1 to 2 inches!).

Tomorrow, the clouds clear and the sun returns.. it will be breezy but still fairly mild.  Friday, we trend seasonably cool with highs back in the 40s (average high is around 45).  We'll remain storm-free through the weekend.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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A BENEFICIAL RAINFALL…

All of Connecticut got a good beneficial rainfall yesterday!  Old Lyme came in at 2.16", New London at 2.06" Branford at 1.92", Milford at 1.58", Bristol at 1.02" and Wethersfield at .75".  More than 1” of rain was measured in Greenwich, Woodbridge, Westport, Weston,Thomaston, Litchfield, Harwinton, and Higganum.  Temperatures reached the mid to upper 50s in many parts of the state thanks to a strong south to southeasterly breeze that gusted to over 30 mph at the coast.  Bridgeport’s temperature reached 61 degrees yesterday, but Windsor Locks was still locked in the cool air with a temperature of 45 degrees. Wild right?

MORE RAIN WEDNESDAY…

While there's not a lot going on right now, except some drizzle and fog that's rolling across the state ( A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for Hartford County until 9am this morning) light rain is expected to develop as the morning wears on and the rain will become steadier during the afternoon.  The rain will last well into the night, and then it should finally taper off and end early tomorrow morning.  This second surge of moisture will come with yet another warm front combined with a wave of low pressure.  High temperatures this afternoon will range from the lower 50s to possibly near 60 degrees along the shoreline.

The second round of rain will likely deliver another 1” or more of rain.  The grand total from both rounds will range from 1-3”, perhaps even 2-4”!  This is great news since much of the state is still experiencing a severe to extreme drought.

TOMORROW…

December will begin on a pretty nice note.  Rain will likely end early in the morning.  The rest of the day will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine, It’ll be fairly mild as well with highs in the mid to upper 50s.  The normal high for December 1st is 45 degrees.  A fairly strong west-northwesterly breeze will develop and gusts to 30 mph or higher are possible.

FRIDAY…

The west-northwesterly breeze will remain brisk and it will be noticeably cooler, but still not too bad for early December. Highs will range from 45-50 degrees.  The sky will be partly sunny.  There could be a stray light shower, perhaps a wet snow shower in the hills.

THE FIRST WEEKEND OF DECEMBER…

Overall, not too bad!  We can expect a mix of clouds and sunshine both Saturday and Sunday.  Nighttime lows will be in the upper 20s and 30s.  Daytime highs will be in the 40s.  In other words, it will be a seasonably chilly weekend.  There will be a brisk northwesterly wind both days that could gust to 30 mph or higher.

EARLY NEXT WEEK…

The computer guidance models are now keeping Monday dry.  However, the GFS is forecasting another storm Tuesday and Tuesday night. 

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney

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