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Blizzard Eugene, in less than 24 hours!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE...

The rest of today will be quiet/dry, highs will be near 30 but with a bit of a breeze it will feel like the 20s.

Here is the latest, with regard to Blizzard Eugene.  Snow starts by daybreak Tuesday, the intensity then ramps up... we expect the peak to be between 10 am and 4 pm, then winding down around dusk (becoming lighter and tapering off to scattered snow showers).  During the peak/worst of it, we could see snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour --- dropping visibility dramatically, leading to whiteout or near white out conditions.  Furthermore, the wind will get cranking... it could gust to between 40 and 60 mph --- blowing snow, and possibly leading to scattered power outages.  

For most of the state it will be snow that falls; however, sleet or even some rain will be possible in far southeastern and coastal New London County.  This is due to the eventual track of an area of low pressure that develops off the Mid-Atlantic Coast and heads toward Nantucket.  At one point the track of the low was farther east, this would've led to all snow for all of CT.  With a jog or shift to the west, snowfall totals will not be as great where the transition occurs... 8 to 14 inches.  Where we see all snow, from beginning to end, 16 to 24 inches will be possible!  Yes, where some of the heavier bands set up, 2 feet of snow may be measured!

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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GET READY FOR A MAJOR WINTER STORM TOMORROW

****A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Northern Middlesex and Northern New London Counties starting late tonight and lasting through very early Wednesday morning.  A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the rest of the state****

A NICE DAY TODAY, COLD, BUT NICE

Today will be mostly sunny.  It is going to be another cold day with highs in the low and middle 30s.  At least winds will be fairly light.  The mercury will dip into the teens and low 20s tonight.  An increase in cloud cover should prevent temperatures from going even lower.

BLIZZARD EUGENE TOMORROW

A nor’easter is going to have a big impact on the state tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Again, A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Northern Middlesex and Northern New London Counties starting late tonight and lasting through very early Wednesday morning.  A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the rest of the state.

By this afternoon, one storm will be making snow over the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes and another storm will be marching up the eastern coast, laden with heavy rain.  These two will phase together tonight and tomorrow morning, creating a stronger storm, a large ocean storm, that's going to impact Connecticut all day tomorrow.

The storm track is important in determining exactly what this storm will do in Connecticut.  We think the storm will track pretty close to the 40-70 benchmark, which will put Connecticut in a position to see a good amount of snow.  There seems to be a general consensus among the models, the European, GFS and the NAM that this is what's going to occur! 

Snow should begin in southwestern Connecticut first, then quickly develop northeast, sometime around dawn tomorrow.  Snow will then be steady and sometimes heavy in places as the wind increases during the morning.  The afternoon will also be snowy and windy, with sometimes heavier snow.  There will likely be bands of heavier snow, which will mean some areas will be favored for more snow than others; features of this scale are too fine to resolve at this time, though, so it’s difficult to pin down these snow-favored areas at this juncture.  But, we think that the state has the potential to have 10”-20” of snow, with the higher amounts in areas where the bands of higher snow rates concentrate.

The storm will exit tomorrow night and early Wednesday morning.  The wind will howl as the storm lifts to the northeast, up into the Maritimes.  The sky will clear fairly swiftly and, on Wednesday, clouds will roll past the sunshine as the wind remains high.  Wednesday will be cool in the storm’s wake, with highs expected to be in the 30s and lows expected to be in the 20s

INSPIRATION FOR THE NAME “EUGENE”

We have named Blizzard Eugene in honor of Connecticut athlete Eugene Robinson.  Born in Hartford, he played collegiate football at Colgate University then went on to a 16-year NFL career playing for the Seahawks, Packers, Falcons and Panthers.

QUIET THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Thursday should be partly sunny, breezy and chilly with highs in the upper-30s and low-40s.  Friday will also be partly to mostly sunny and a bit milder with highs in the 40s.  High pressure, moving into the region from the Great Lakes, will be responsible for the more tranquil end to the week.

SLIGHTLY UNSETTLED NEXT WEEKEND

This coming weekend will be slightly unsettled.  A swift-moving storm will arrive later Saturday from the Great lakes.  It will come with scattered rain and snow showers.  At this time, the storm looks like it will be weak and disorganized, so snow accumulations, especially in the higher elevations, look possible, but light.  Most of Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy and cool.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron with Scot Haney

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