Snow changed to freezing rain and freezing drizzle across much of the state last night and we're still dealing with some freezing drizzle out there this morning. Please be careful driving around this morning, the roads are very slippery.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for the entire state through this morning.
It is going to be a messy morning commute as the roads are very icy. A thin layer of ice has formed on top of the snow that fell last night. Temperatures are in the upper 20s/lower 30s across most of the state this morning. Most of the precipitation is coming to an end, but it's what's on the ground that is cause for concern this morning.
Here's what happened: A storm tracked across the Great Lakes Region overnight while a secondary storm slipped out to sea to the south of New England. Mild air streamed in aloft and that’s why snow changed to an icy mix and rain.
BIG IMPROVEMENTS TODAY…
Weather conditions will improve nicely today. Any lingering rain and pockets of freezing rain will end this morning. The sky will become partly to mostly sunny. A northwesterly breeze will strengthen as the day progresses, but cold air will lag behind the departing storm. Therefore, today will be mild with highs ranging from 47-55. That means there will be a lot of melting. The northwesterly breeze could gust as high as 30 mph before the afternoon is over.
Tonight will be partly cloudy to mostly clear, breezy, and a bit colder with lows in the 20s and lower 30s.
The week will end on a pleasant note. High pressure will be the dominant weather feature tomorrow and that means we’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine. We’ll still have a brisk northwesterly breeze, but temperatures will reach the middle 40s, which is pleasant for late February. The normal, or average, high for February 22nd is 40 degrees for the Greater Hartford Area.
Clear skies and diminishing winds will allow temperatures to drop into the 20s Friday night, but some upper teens are possible in the normally colder locations.
THE LAST WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY…
High pressure will drift across Southern New England Saturday. That means the wind will be light and the sky will be sunny most of the day. A veil of high clouds may arrive toward evening. Temperatures will remain above normal with highs in the 40s. Rain and sleet will develop Saturday night. Lows will be in the 30s. Any accumulation of sleet should be minimal.
A strong storm will track across the Great Lakes Region on Sunday. Meanwhile, a warm front will move up the coast. Therefore, we can expect rain and areas of fog Sunday morning. Rain will taper off to showers during the afternoon. Temperatures could surpass the 50-degree mark before the day is over!
Monday will be partly to mostly sunny, but windy and much colder. The northwest wind could gust to 40 mph or higher. Highs will be in the mostly in the 30s and wind chills will be in the teens and 20s. The wind will gradually subside Monday night as temperatures dip into the teens in many outlying areas by dawn.
With high pressure in place, Tuesday will be mostly sunny, and the wind will be light. However, temperatures will remain below normal with highs in the 30s.
The next storm system will impact the state on Wednesday. At this point, it looks like the storm center will track across Northern New England and it will drag a cold front across Connecticut during the afternoon. Therefore, we expect mostly cloudy skies with wet snow and rain showers. It should be a breezy day with highs in the 40s.
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney
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