While dry/quiet now, scattered showers of snow will be possible this afternoon, even some squalls…toward the evening hours (also into the early overnight hours). While not every town will get one, where a squall does develop: they’ll be brief, produce a gusty wind and quickly reduce visibility – with regard to accumulation, they could put down a quick coating to an inch or two of snow, leading to slick travel. Where will they pop up? While the best chance is over inland CT (specifically western and northwest CT initially, then farther east), they could reach the shoreline.
Thursday and Friday will be fairly tranquil with cooler than normal temperatures. The weekend: dry and mostly sunny both days. Saturday - highs will be in the 40s, Sunday will be milder - perhaps close to 50.
Next week, while Monday still appears dry… Tuesday remains our next ‘timeframe of interest’ with potentially our 4th nor’easter in less than a 3-week period. Fun fun, stay tuned!
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
WINTER STORM FERRIS…
Winter Storm Ferris was an incredible snowstorm, especially in Eastern Connecticut. We received reports of 24” in Lisbon, 23” in Voluntown, and 22” in Griswold! We’ve had numerous reports of 15” to 18” of snow in Eastern Connecticut. Portions of Western Connecticut received 10-12” of snow. Meanwhile, the I-91 corridor has received less snow. Winds gusted to 30-40 mph and we had a gust to 54 mph on New London Ledge. However, there was a powerful gust to 81 mph on Cape Cod in East Falmouth!
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY…
In the aftermath of Winter Storm Ferris, we can expect a few snow squalls today. These snow squalls could produce 1-2 inches of snow in parts of Northern CT. Sky conditions will vary from partly sunny to overcast and there will be a stiff west-northwesterly wind that could gust to over 30 mph. It’ll be a chilly day with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Tomorrow will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine, a gusty northwest wind, and highs in the low to middle 40s.
Colder air will overspread the state tomorrow night and Friday. Temperatures will drop into the mid and upper 20s Thursday night and the mercury will struggle to reach 40 degrees Friday afternoon. A strong northwest wind will gust to 30-40 mph and wind chill temperatures will be in the teens and 20s. A few flurries and snow showers are also possible on Friday.
Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, is looking better. A ridge of high pressure will provide plenty of sunshine, but it will be breezy and seasonably chilly with highs in the middle 40s at best.
Sunday will be the better of the 2 weekend days with mostly sunny skies, a brisk west-northwest breeze, and highs in the 40s to possibly near 50 degrees! A cold front is expected to move southward across Southern New England Sunday night.
EARLY NEXT WEEK…
High pressure to our north will push colder air southward across New England. Highs Monday are expected to be in the range of 40-45 and the sky should be partly to mostly sunny. Another coastal storm could come close to New England on Tuesday and Wednesday. If it tracks far enough to the north, we could have another substantial snowfall. Currently, many guidance models are keeping the storm just to the south of New England, but that storm is still a week away and many things could change.
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney
THE AFTERMATH OF WINTER STORM ELSA…
The combination of heavy, wet snow and a gusty wind caused plenty of trouble in Connecticut when it comes to power outages. At one point, more than 160,000 customers were left in the dark Wednesday night and power may not be completely restored for several more days. Snowfall ranged from 3.6” in New London to 28” in Warren! For a list of snowfall totals in or near your town, check out the following link: http://www.wfsb.com/story/37682132/snowfall-totals-around-the-state
Winds gusted to over 40 mph in many parts of the state during the height of the storm and the temperature was near or above freezing when the heavy snow was falling. That’s why the snow clung to trees, branches, and power lines. The wet snow was very greasy and it made for treacherous driving conditions.
The average temperature for February came in at 35.5 degrees, which makes this February the 5th warmest in 113 years of record keeping for the Greater Hartford Area! The warmest February on record for the Greater Hartford Area was in 1998 when the average temperature was 36.2 degrees. February 1954 is in 2nd place with an average temperature of 36.1. February 2012 is in 3rd place with an average temperature of 35.7. February 1925 is in 4th place with an average temperature of 35.6. Currently, February 1981 is in 5th place with an average temperature of 35.3 degrees.
We had plenty of precipitation in February. The grand total was 5.13” at Bradley International. This includes rain and the water equivalent of snow and ice. Normal precipitation for February is 2.89”. That means we had a surplus of 2.24”. Total snowfall for the month was 8.3”, which is 2.7” below normal.
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