Winter Storm Dakota moves out of New England, melting to begin - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Winter Storm Dakota moves out of New England, melting to begin

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Winter Storm Dakota hit Stafford Springs. (Sheila Schultz) Winter Storm Dakota hit Stafford Springs. (Sheila Schultz)
Temps will increase and snow from Winter Storm Dakota will begin to melt. (WFSB) Temps will increase and snow from Winter Storm Dakota will begin to melt. (WFSB)
Burlington, Berlin and New Milford had snowfall totals of 7" (WFSB) Burlington, Berlin and New Milford had snowfall totals of 7" (WFSB)
Winter Storm Dakota Winter Storm Dakota
There is potential for record breaking highs this upcoming week. (WFSB) There is potential for record breaking highs this upcoming week. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Winter Storm Dakota packed a quick punch and has pushed its way out of New England and out to sea.

Channel 3's Meteorologist Mike Cameron said temperatures are now above freezing and the snow will melt quickly and fast. 

"The snow is going to go away fast and we're expecting milder weather to come in, in a big way," Cameron said. 

The skies will be partly to mostly sunny this afternoon and temperatures will rise well into the 40s.

Some wind is expected on Sunday, but it won't be too strong and will die down in the evening. 

An Eversource spokesperson said there were 2,800 power outages across the state on Sunday morning and were most likely related to Dakota.

In East Lyme, power lines came down and caused a closure at Carriage Hill Drive. There are currently 45 power outages according to the Eversource outage map.

Not only were there power outages, some flights at Bradley International Airport were canceled due to the inclement weather. 

The snowfall affected activities and caused many Sunday worship services to be canceled. Stay up to date with the latest delays and road closures on the Channel 3 traffic map.

View the Dakota slideshow here and download the Channel 3 app to submit your own photos.

 A few areas of Connecticut saw up to 7" of snow including Burlington, Berlin and New Milford and the shoreline.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said the snow came down at a rate of 1" to one and a half inches of snow in Waterbury, Danbury, and regions of southwestern Connecticut last night. 

DePrest said Danbury received up to 4 inches of snow by 9:45 p.m. 

The heavy, wet snow caused poor visibility, with ranges up to only a half mile.

A warm front will hit Connecticut on Monday and some rain should be expected in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s. There may be a few lingering showers in the evening.

Tuesday will be balmy for late February and according to our Weather Team, a storm track will solidify and bring extremely warm air. Expect highs in the 60s on Tuesday.

A shower is possible Tuesday morning, but the rest of the day will be warm, dry and the skies will be partly sunny. Coastal towns will reach high temperatures in the upper 50s.

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