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Winter soon makes a windy return!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE...

Temperatures this afternoon will top out in the mid-50s inland and near 50 along the shoreline under a mix of sun and clouds.  

Tonight, the Arctic front heads into Connecticut - with it, perhaps a few flurries in the Northwest Hills, otherwise it will pass through dry.  Tomorrow will feel more like winter with temperatures steady in the upper 20s and lower 30s; but factoring in the wind, it will feel more like the teens and single digits!

Thursday morning is when the wind chill could drop to near or below zero; however, that afternoon we expect temps to get back close to 40 under a mostly sunny sky.  

Friday, we will make a run at 50 but clouds will increase and you may need the umbrella, with scattered showers during the afternoon and evening. 

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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TODAY…

After this morning's partial cloudiness, expect partly sunny skies through the day today.  Today will be even milder than yesterday with high temperatures inland likely reaching between 55 and 60 (cooler, 50 to 55, along the coast).   If you’re a fan of the warmer weather, enjoy it while you can!  A strong cold front will sweep across the state tonight and the temps are going to start dropping. 

WEDNESDAY…

We briefly say goodbye to spring as winter makes a return.  Temperatures will drop into the 20s by dawn tomorrow, perhaps the teens in the Litchfield Hills.  Factor in the wind and it will feel more like the single digits and teens.  Arctic air will continue pouring into the state throughout the day on a strong north-northwesterly wind (gusts to 40 mph are possible).  Despite a good amount of sunshine, temperatures will be fairly steady in the upper 20s and lower 30s all day.  The wind chill will be in the teens and single digits, yikes!

At night, the wind diminishes a bit under a clear sky.  That's when temperatures will dip into the teens and even single digits. 

THURSDAY…

High pressure will dominate Thursday!  This means more sunshine and a calmer wind.  After a very cold start, temperatures rebound back to near 40 degrees during the afternoon (still 10 degrees below average).

At night, it won’t be *as* cold as the previous night, with lows in the 20s across most of the state.

FRIDAY …

As we close out the week, a warm front heads our way and temperatures will go up!  Highs will be in the 40s to near 50 degrees with a fairly strong south-southwesterly breeze developing.  Clouds will increase and some rain showers will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours.

THE WEEKEND…

We continue to think there is the potential for very mild weather on Saturday.  A cold front will approach Connecticut from the north, but we should remain in the warm sector most of the day.  If everything comes together in just the right way, temperatures could easily peak in the 60s!  While most of the day will be dry, we cannot rule out an isolated late day shower. 

The cold front will pass through Connecticut Saturday night and Sunday, producing periods of rain.  A northerly flow will also usher in colder air.  Highs temperatures on Sunday could be held to the 40s.

NEXT WEEK…

As of now, Monday will feature a continuation of cooler and wet weather.  Highs will be in the 40s with rain likely.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon with Scot Haney

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