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A cold start to the winter season today!

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

NOON UPDATE…

It's here! Winter officially began at 11:28 this morning!  That's when the winter solstice occurred.  It surely feels like winter out there with temps only in the upper 20s and low and middle 30s.  While it's not as windy as yesterday, there's still a breeze!  We've got sustained winds to 14 mph in parts of CT.  That breeze is making it feel a tad colder, so make sure you bundle up as you head out the door.  While it's sunny right now, some high clouds may filter into the state before the afternoon is over.

Tonight, we can expect increasing cloudiness, light winds, and lows 15-25.

FRIDAY…

Tomorrow looks like a potentially messy day for parts of the state with snow and a wintry mix.  With a warm front to our south and high pressure hunkered in over Northern New England, cold air will remain in place over Connecticut.  Temperatures could stay at or below freezing over interior portions of the state throughout the day.  Coastal communities may have a shot at 40 degrees.  We are not expecting a lot of precipitation, but there will be a spotty mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.  There could be a light accumulation of snow and sleet, especially over northern portions of the state.

A change to rain is likely near the coast Friday night, but an icy mix may linger over interior portions of the state.  Overnight lows will range from near 30 in Northern Connecticut to near 40 at the coast.

THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND…

Pockets of freezing rain are possible over Northern Connecticut Saturday morning, but a change to all rain will occur statewide.  It now looks like a storm will track very close to Connecticut instead of to our west.  Yesterday, we were forecasting a windy warm-up with temperatures rising into the 50s.  Now, it looks like the warm front associated with the storm will have a hard time reaching Connecticut.  Therefore, we are predicting a much cooler day with highs ranging from near 40 in Northern Connecticut to 45-50 near the coast.  No matter where you live, it is not going to be a nice day with periods of rain and areas of fog.  The rain will end Saturday night as the storm moves away to the east of New England and a drier northwesterly flow develops.

Sunday, Christmas Eve Day, will be nice!  We expect partly sunny skies and highs 37-45.  It will be a bit blustery with a northwesterly wind that could gust to 20-30 mph at times.

A coastal storm could have an impact on the state on Christmas Day.  The model solutions vary quite a bit, so please stay tuned as information continues to come in to the Early Warning Forecast Center!  The storm moves off to the north quickly, leaving us with a very windy and cold afternoon.  For now, we're thinking we could get a light accumulation of snow with highs in the 30s at best.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY…

Both days will be quite cold.  Tuesday should be partly sunny and breezy with lows 15-25 and highs 28-33.  A front will stall to the south of Connecticut on Wednesday, but cold high pressure will be centered to our north.  Therefore, it should be a mostly cloudy day and a few flurries are possible.  A cold northerly flow down the Connecticut River Valley will likely limit daytime highs to the mid and upper 20s.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney

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