Snow to start falling early Thursday morning - WFSB 3 Connecticut


Snow to start falling early Thursday morning

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As the warm weather comes to an end, Winter Storm Chris is moving toward the state, full steam ahead.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said Winter Storm Chris will primarily be a snow event for the state.

Snow or a wintry mix will develop before dawn, between 4 and 7 a.m.

"Snow will rapidly become heavy at times and this will all happen during the morning commute," DePrest said, adding that the snow will remain heavy into the early to mid-afternoon hours.

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The snow will end late afternoon and early evening, from west to east across the state.

Futurecast showed as much as 9 inches in Middletown and 10 inches in New London by 7 p.m. on Thursday. Some places could see upwards of 15 inches.

The peak of the storm will be between mid-morning and last through the early afternoon. That's when we could see 1 to 3 inches of snow per hour.

The day is also expected to be windy with a high of 29 degrees.

"Here in Connecticut, winds will likely gust to 30-40 mph during the height of the storm and this will cause some blowing and drifting, especially as the snow becomes lighter and fluffier," DePrest said.

It will be a tough travel day on Thursday, and DePrest said visibility will drop to 1/4 mile or less. On Wednesday, parking bans began for a number of cities and towns streamed into the newsroom.

Eyewitness News will be on the air early at 4 a.m. on Thursday to report on the conditions.

Winter Storm Chris is named after Chris Drury, a Trumbull native, won the Little League World Series Championship as a child and later played professional hockey for the New York Rangers. He now serves as the team's assistant general manager.

WFSB has had a long-standing tradition of naming storms that dates back to 1971. The threshold is 6 or more inches of snow or half an inch of ice.

The storm moves out to sea and weather conditions improve Thursday night.

Temperatures will drop to 5 to 15 degrees, and wind chill readings will drop below zero.

Read the whole technical discussion here.

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