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Our stretch of gorgeous weather soon ends... rain/storms possible today, then this weekend!

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

AFTERNOON UPDATE...

An initial round of rain to our west moves in this afternoon, just expect some scattered showers… well in advance of a cold front.  Meanwhile, another round of rain with thunderstorms is developing farther to our west… that line moves toward CT, likely weakening as it does so, arriving mid-to-late evening.  With any storms that move into the state, there could be some heavier rain, some rumbles of thunder ...perhaps a gusty wind, especially in western CT. .

Behind this system for tomorrow, we end the week dry, breezy and mostly sunny with highs in the lower 70s.

For the weekend, the time period still appears unsettled with periods of rain likely Saturday and even into Mother’s Day.  Some models try to push the rain out over the 2nd half of the day while others linger showers into Monday.  There continues to be uncertainty to how things time out, etc - we'll keep you updated as we get closer to the weekend and fine tune the forecast!

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

 

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TODAY…

A coastal storm will move away from New England today and a cold front will approach the region from the west.  A few scattered showers may move across Connecticut this afternoon well in advance of the front.  Another round of showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms are likely this evening.  While the risk of severe weather is low today, there may be a few locally heavy downpours.  Actually, we need some rain since May has been very dry.  The last time we had rain in the state was on Sunday.  Today won’t be as warm as yesterday with highs ranging from the 60s at the coast to the 70s inland.

After the cold front passes through Connecticut tonight, a dry northwesterly flow will develop.  Temperatures will drop to near 50 degrees.

FRIDAY…

It's going to be a very pleasant day to end the week!  The sky will be mostly sunny and the humidity will be low.  A northwesterly breeze could gust to over 20 mph in the morning and early afternoon.  The breeze will diminish during the afternoon and evening as a small area of high pressure approaches New England from the west.

THE MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND…

A front will stall near or to the south of Connecticut on Saturday.  Therefore, unsettled weather is likely.  We are forecasting cloudy skies with showers or periods of rain.  Thunder is possible as well.  It’ll be a rather cool day too with highs only in the 60s.  More showers are likely Saturday night as temperatures drop to near 50 degrees.

The forecast becomes much more complicated for Sunday, Mother’s Day.  One guidance model, the GFS, is forecasting dry weather with high pressure building into New England.  However, a number of other Models, including the European and Canadian Models, are not as optimistic for Southern New England.  According to those models, showers are still possible throughout the day Sunday with the front hanging up to the south of New England.   For now, we are keeping our forecast the same with morning showers giving way to partial clearing in the afternoon.  Highs should be in the lower 70s.  However, this forecast is greatly subject to change and we will keep you updated!

NEXT WEEK…

Monday should be a nice day with high pressure in control.  We are forecasting partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 70s.  Tuesday should be very nice as well with partly sunny skies and highs near 80 degrees!  A frontal boundary may be close enough to produce showers on Wednesday.  Otherwise, it should be another warm day with highs near 80.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney

APRIL RECAP…

April 2018 goes down in the record books as a cool and wet month for the Hartford Area.  The average temperature for the 30-day period is 44.0° …this is 5.5° below average and falls into 6th place for coolest Aprils since records have been kept.  On the precipitation front, 5.55” fell (rain, and includes any frozen precip’s liquid equivalent), that means the month ends with a 1.82” surplus.  With regard specifically to snow, 7.6” was measured… that’s a 6.2” surplus.

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