After a foggy and mild start to the day (50s in many spots), the sun comes out this afternoon. Temperature-wise, we actually tied the record high at Bridgeport for this date (54, previously happened in 2009)… but we’ll level out in the 30s/low 40s with a northwesterly breeze this afternoon. The wind, however, will make it feel even colder.
Overall, the week appears to be fairly quiet (one just featuring some big swings in temperature). Tomorrow will be sunny and near seasonable. Wednesday, still dry and mainly sunny but milder with highs in the 40s to near 50. There is a chance for rain showers Wednesday night into early Thursday, then Thursday afternoon temperatures could go well into the 50s! Thursday night into Friday morning, rain showers will be possible with the passage of a strong cold front. Behind it, temperatures drop as Friday progresses.
The upcoming weekend looks to be storm-free both days. Saturday will be cold and breezy with highs in the 30s, then we’re back in the 40s Sunday.
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
Drier Today and Tomorrow
Good morning everyone, after a very wet day yesterday, we're now drying out. We picked up a record breaking 1.53" of rain at Bridgeport and .96" of rain at Bradley during the day yesterday. It truly was a super-soaker. You're waking up to mostly cloudy skies, but at least there's no rain to greet you for your morning ride. A northwesterly flow of drier air has developed on the heels of the departing storm. While the temps are dropping this morning, they're not too bad at all, ranging from 31 in NW CT to 47 in New Haven. As a storm system continues to move to our south, we might just get clipped with some rain/snow showers between the hours of 10 and noon along the shoreline, otherwise the sun will be out for everyone later today. Highs will be in the low 40s.
Tomorrow looks good, too. High pressure will drift across New England and the sky will be partly to mostly sunny. The air will be cooler, thanks to a north or northeasterly surface flow. Morning lows will be in the teens and 20s and afternoon highs should be in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Passing clouds Wednesday
We were once calling for a light batch of mixed precipitation Wednesday morning, but the models have backed off such a notion, and so will we. Instead, warmer air streaming into the upper levels of the atmosphere will be marked by high altitude cirrus clouds. Wednesday is going to be a mild day! A westerly flow will allow temperatures to rise to near 50 degrees. There could be some showers around Wednesday night as the clouds make a comeback to CT.
Thursday may be wet, at least for a short time. A weak disturbance will move into New England from Pennsylvania and New Jersey with showers or a period of rain possible. The balance of the day will be rain-free and cloudy. At the same time, temperatures will remain well above normal with highs in the lower 50s expected.
Turning colder Friday
Friday will be unsettled and colder by afternoon. A cold front will be approaching, bringing clouds and rain showers by midday. Ahead of the front, the air will be milder, with readings in the 40s. As the front passes and the wind turns northwesterly, colder air will soon follow. It is possible for the showers to change to snow and accumulate minor slush on some roadways by the evening before the precipitation cuts off and drier air moves into the region.
Cool and dry next weekend
Saturday and Sunday will be seasonably cold and dry. A high pressure system in the Great Lakes will build east into New England, pushing away storms. Highs will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s, and lows will generally be in the teens.
THE ANNIVERSARY OF BLIZZARD CHARLOTTE
It was on February 8th and 9th in 2013 when Blizzard Charlotte slammed the state with record breaking snowfall! Snow began on the morning of the 8th and it didn’t end until the morning of February 9th. During the evening of the 8th snow fell at the rate of 4”/hr. and there were numerous reports of lightning and thunder. Charlotte was a record breaking snowstorm for Bridgeport with a grand total of 30”. It was the second biggest snowstorm on record for the Greater Hartford Area with a total of 22.3”. Hamden hit the jackpot with 40” and Ansonia was buried under 36”. The blizzard set an all-time Connecticut 24 hour snowfall record!
January went into the record books as a slightly colder than normal month with above normal precipitation. The average temperature at Bradley International Airport will come in at 25.2 degrees, which is 0.9 degrees colder than normal. We had 3.86” of precipitation, which is 0.63” above normal. This includes rain plus the water equivalent of snow and ice. Snowfall for the month was 13.7”, which is 1.4” above normal.
January started out very cold with sub-freezing temperatures the first 8 days. This was part of a lengthy deep freeze that began on Christmas Day and it lasted 2 weeks! The temperature reached a record high of 60 degrees on the 12th, and a record tying 59 degrees on the 13th. The record warmth came with a heavy rainstorm. The deep freeze followed by a warm, heavy rain led to flooding and major ice jams on some of the state’s streams and rivers, like the Housatonic and Connecticut River.
The highest temperature for the month was 60 degrees on the 12th and the lowest temperature was 9 below zero on the 7th. The mercury dipped below zero on 4 days during the first week of January.
Meteorologist Mike Cameron with Scot Haney
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