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A chilly, but nice March weekend for the parades!

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Yesterday was blustery and chilly.  Highs were only in the 30s and lower 40s.  The normal, or average, high for March 9th is 45 degrees for the Greater Hartford Area.  We also had scattered snow showers and snow squalls in the state, some of which were locally heavy.  They were associated with a deep cyclonic flow over the Northeast.


This weekend we will “spring forward” to daylight Saving time (DST)!  This is when we turn our clocks ahead 1 hour when we go to bed tonight.  Today, the sun rose at 6:11 and it will set at 5:52.  Because of the time change, the sun will rise at 7:09 tomorrow morning and it will set at 6:53 in the evening!  We are now gaining 2-3 minutes of daylight with each passing day!

Today will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine.  You may run into a flurry or snow shower, but there will be fewer of them when compared to yesterday.  Highs will only range from the middle 30s in the Litchfield Hills to the lower 40s elsewhere.  A brisk west-northwest wind will gust to 30 mph, perhaps a little higher.  You’ll need to bundle up if you have plans to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hartford, which gets underway at 11:00 this morning.

Tomorrow will be a little better.  The sky will be mostly sunny and the northwesterly breeze won’t be quite as strong.  Morning lows will be in the range of 25-30 and we are forecasting highs in the middle 40s tomorrow afternoon.  The weather will be pleasant for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Haven, which begins at 1:30 in the afternoon!


There is still a chance for a coastal storm next week.  However, many of the guidance models are forecasting a track well offshore.  Still, we may not go completely unscathed.  There is still a chance for at least some snow especially Monday night and Tuesday.  Tuesday’s snow may actually come from energy aloft digging southward from Canada.  For now, we are forecasting increasing cloudiness on Monday and highs 40-45.  Tuesday, should be mainly cloudy with periods of snow or snow showers.  Some accumulation is possible, but how much remains to be seen.  It’ll be blustery and cold with highs near 40.  The breezy, chilly weather will remain with us Wednesday and Thursday.  The mercury will dip to 25-30 at night and daytime highs will be in the vicinity of 40 degrees.  Snow showers are possible on Wednesday and a few flurries are possible on Thursday.

By Friday, we can expect some relief from the late winter chill.  The sky should be mostly sunny as temperatures reach the mid and upper 40s!

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