Snow winds down overnight, thousands left without power - WFSB 3 Connecticut

WINTER STORM ELSA

Snow winds down overnight, thousands left without power

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Snow covered roads in Hartford (WFSB) Snow covered roads in Hartford (WFSB)
The scene in Southbury on Wednesday afternoon (Beth) The scene in Southbury on Wednesday afternoon (Beth)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Winter Storm Elsa dropped the heaviest snow across the state on Wednesday night, causing dangerous conditions on CT roads.

A winter storm warning is in effect for most of Connecticut through Thursday morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect for southern portions of Middlesex and New London counties.

Channel 3's meteorologists called for 12 to 18 inches of snow in the western hills, 8 to 12 inches near the Interstate-84 corridor, 5 to 8 inches in northern New London County and 2 to 5 inches in extreme southeastern Connecticut.

As of Wednesday night, DePrest said 7" was reported in West Hartford, 13" in Bristol and 19.6" in Newtown, 3" in New London, and 24" was reported in New Fairfield.

The height of the storm was from about 6 p.m. until about 10 p.m. The snow will wind down overnight, and be done by morning.

During the height of the storm, snowfall rates of 1 to 2" per hour was falling.

Track the rest of the storm with Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler here.

We've even received reports of "thundersnow" in parts of the state, like Hamden, Old Saybrook and more.

"The visibility has been reduced to a quarter mile or less in parts of the state and winds have gusted to between 30 and 40 mph," DePrest said on Wednesday evening.

Some school districts have already posted cancellations or delays for Thursday. See the list here.

Rain fell in eastern CT for most of the day, but on Wednesday evening it changed over to snow.

The combination of wet snow and increasing winds, gusts 30-40 mph, could cause branches and tree limbs to snap. 

On Wednesday as of 1:30 a.m., Eversource was reporting more than 125,000 outages across the state. United Illuminating reported 24,000.

Road conditions were quite slippery for the evening commute, and visibility was poor.

Temperatures ranged from 30 to 36 degrees on Wednesday.

DePrest said the snow will wind down after midnight to scattered snow showers.

"The morning commute will be mainly precipitation free, with the exception of a few flurries/ snow showers," DePrest said.

The rest of Thursday will be mostly cloudy, blustery and chilly with highs 40 to 45. There will be a chance for a passing snow shower or two during the afternoon.

Read the complete technical discussion here.

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