Storm leaves, but wind remains - WFSB 3 Connecticut


Storm leaves, but wind remains

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A picturesque scene in Watertown following Winter Storm Genny. (Frederic/iWitness photo) A picturesque scene in Watertown following Winter Storm Genny. (Frederic/iWitness photo)
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Light snow from Winter Storm Genny lingered through the Thursday morning commute.

All weather alerts were canceled by late morning.

"The snow has exited the state, and the rest of the day will feature a mix of sun and clouds," said meteorologist Melissa Cole. "[It'll stay] windy though, in the wake of Winter Storm Genny."

Some roads were slick during the morning commute as temperatures were close to the freezing mark in many communities.

Cole and meteorologist Mark Dixon admitted that the storm was difficult to forecast.

"As we outlined going into it, there was a bit of a forecasting conundrum," Dixon said. "As the storm developed to our south, it hit a brick wall of dry air. So while there was moisture aloft, it was all evaporating by the time it reached the ground. Also, we often speak to how a ‘matter of miles’ will make all the difference – this was a prime example. We outlined how there would be a sharp cutoff, from heavy snow to where there would be very little. That was indeed the case, it just set up farther south than expected. Initially, we thought the swath of heaviest snow could fall in southern/southwestern Connecticut, while it actually set up across western Long Island, where over a foot of snow was received."

Dixon expected partial clearing by Thursday afternoon and that indeed  came to fruition.

"Temperatures will make their way back into the low-to-mid 40s," he said.

Friday will start with some sunshine, but over the course of the afternoon, some isolated rain or snow showers could pop up. However, many communities will likely remain dry.

"For the weekend, we’re looking storm-free, but with temperatures continuing below average," Dixon said. "Highs Saturday [will be] in the lower 40s, then upper 30s Sunday."

 Next week will start out dry and tranquil. A warming trend will also commence. Parts of the state could see 50 degrees or milder Tuesday into Wednesday.

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