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The first half of the week will feature a stretch of quiet, dry, brighter, and mild weather.  Temperatures will be unseasonably warm by 10 to 15 degrees, peaking in the 50s through Wednesday (perhaps Thursday).  

We'll end the month of February storm-free; however, March will start with a likely coastal storm (a nor’easter) that could have significant impacts on Connecticut.  There is still a lot of uncertainty as we're several days out and there are many factors in play.  From what we know now, timing would be from Thursday night into Friday and perhaps into early Saturday morning.  Everything is on the table now… from heavy rain to even heavy snow (in parts of the state), to damaging wind and even coastal flooding (this could be more of an issue for Atlantic facing coastline, especially with the full moon on Thursday leading to astronomically high tides).  It’s an evolving situation and we’ll know more as the week progresses.  Strong high pressure to our north could help deflect the storm to our south, to where it would miss or brush CT... however, this is an outlier or unlikely, scenario.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 



We're off and running with clouds and fog this morning.  While visibility isn't too bad out there, please be careful driving around.  The temps are cooperating with numbers in the mid to upper 30s and lower 40s this morning, BUT, in the NW and NE areas off the state, the temp in the normally colder areas are hovering around the freezing mark and you might encounter some black ice, so be on the look out for that this morning as well. 

The rain is over!  After having received anywhere form 0.5” to 1.5” of liquid, we are now going to enjoy a spell of dry weather. 


Pleasant Today through Wednesday

Today will be pleasant.  You can expect a partly sunny sky and a dry, milder northwesterly breeze.  Highs will easily reach into the low and middle 50s.  The air will turn a little colder tonight as temperatures dip to near 30 degrees.

Tomorrow will offer bright sunshine.  High pressure will build over New England, which means good weather for us!  So, count on a mostly sunny sky, a light wind, and highs in the lower 50s.

Wednesday’s weather will generally be good, except for an increase in cloud cover during the afternoon and a few rain showers that may arrive during the evening.  Before clouds arrive, temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees, perhaps even higher, for one more day.

March will roar in like a lion

The end of this week could be quite interesting!  A very strong North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will develop with building high pressure over Greenland and a cut-off low developing over the Northeastern United States.  We still don’t know the fine details yet, but there is the potential for a powerful coastal storm Thursday evening, Friday, and into Saturday morning.  What may start off as rain Thursday may transition to snow Friday and into early Saturday.  There may even be enough snow to shovel.  As of now, we only have a thumbnail sketch of things, but we'll certainly keep you posted as the model runs continue to come in!

Quieter by Sunday

Sunday will be brighter than Thursday through Saturday.  By then, the storm will move east and high pressure will build into the region.  The air will remain colder, with lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s.


The temperature soared to 77 degrees at Bradley International Airport!  The record for February 21st was shattered by 14 degrees!  The previous record was 63 degrees, set 88 years ago in 1930.  It was also the all-time warmest day on record for the month of February and records date back 113 years!  The previous record was 73 degrees, set on February 24th in 1985.  Plus, it was the all-time record high for the meteorological winter (December, January, and February)!  The previous record was 76 degrees, which was set on December 7th in 1998.  In Bridgeport, the high was 67 degrees. That broke the February 21st record by 8 degrees.  The previous record was 59 degrees, set in 2002.  67 degrees was also a tie for Bridgeport’s all-time record for the month of February, which was previously set in in 1976 and in 1977.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron with Scot Haney

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