Heavy rain, gusty winds expected for Tuesday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

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Heavy rain, gusty winds expected for Tuesday

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A stormy day is on tap for Tuesday into Wednesday as a cold front will push rain and wind into the state.

A total of 1-3 inches of rain may fall over the next few days.

As a result, Channel 3 launched an Early Warning Weather Day for Tuesday.

There is a wind advisory for much of the state and a flash flood watch was issued for Litchfield and Hartford counties.

"There is the potential for localized poor drainage flooding and damaging wind gusts 45-55 mph or higher," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest. "Additionally, there is a chance for severe thunderstorms. The worst weather will come in the afternoon and at night."

A few showers could develop Monday evening, and there will be more overnight along with patchy fog.

Ahead of the cold front moving in, temperatures on Tuesday will be in the lower 70s, despite the overcast and rainy conditions.

"The upper wind flow will be nearly parallel to the cold front which is oriented north to south," DePrest said. "This will increase the potential for training showers and thunderstorms, which means there could be one right after another for several hours."

While the state needs the rain, DePrest said it could be too much of a good thing all at once.

With the 1-3 inches of rain expected, it raises the possibility of poor drainage flooding, and possible some localized flooding, prompting watches for Litchfield and Hartford counties.

The wind could gust between 30 and 40 mph by Tuesday afternoon.

A wind advisory has been issued for Northern Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, Windham, Southern Fairfield, Southern New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties for Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Showers and thunderstorms could mix with the high wind speeds, meaning very heavy rain and very gusty winds can occur at the same time.

"There is even a chance for a few strong to severe thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon and well into the evening hours," DePrest said.

Since many trees are still filled with leaves, DePrest said this could lead to power outages in the state.

"The strong winds will begin to subside after midnight tomorrow night. The air will remain unseasonably mild with overnight lows near 60 degrees," DePrest said.

Rain will linger into the morning hours on Wednesday, especially in the eastern part of the state.

"The rest of the day will feature some breaks of sunshine, but still a lot of clouds," DePrest said, adding that there could be some scattered showers as well.

Thursday and Friday will be much better, with sunny skies both days.

On Thursday, morning lows will be in the 40s, and in the low to mid-60s during the day.

Friday will have highs in the 60s. There could be scattered frost overnight into Friday morning.

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