AFTERNOON UPDATE...

Lingering showers should end soon and areas of fog will erode as the afternoon progresses. Highs today will be very conditional on how much clearing and sunshine we see in the coming hours, they could go well into the 50s.

A round of rain will be likely tonight and then Friday morning as a cold front moves through the state. In its wake tomorrow, the sun comes out and while initially mild, temperatures will drop later in the day.

For the weekend… accumulating snow (perhaps plowable for some), appears more likely than less likely given the latest model trends. The timeline remains the same: snow starts after sunset Saturday and is done/over by the time it rises Sunday. A storm track closer to Southern New England could mean a transition to rain for the shoreline. There is still a lot of uncertainty to the track and potential accumulations, more today at 5 on Eyewitness News!

Next week, we’re still on track for a pretty impressive warming trend - but with the milder air will also come chances for rain...

Meteorologist Mark Dixon ------------------------------------------------GOOD MORNING…We are now halfway through the month of February and so far, it has been a wet and slightly warmer than normal month. The average temperatures at Bradley International through yesterday, the 14th, is 29.0 degrees, which is 0.7” above normal. We’ve had a lot of rain in the first 2 weeks. Total precipitation (including rain and the water equivalent of snow and ice) is 3.20”, which is 1.78” above normal. However, we’ve only had 2.4” of snow, which is 3.7” below normal.A disturbance in the upper wind flow moved through CT this morning from the west. The sky right now is cloudy as scattered showers continue to make their way out of the state. For the most part, temperatures are above freezing, which means roads are wet, not icy.TODAY…Once the showers move out, we'll dry out nicely today. Plus, it will feel like spring! There will be just enough sunshine to send temperatures rising through the 50s. We might even have a shot at 60 degrees, which is the normal high for April 13th for the Greater Hartford Area.Another, somewhat stronger disturbance will move into the Northeast tonight. More clouds and more showers will move into the state. However, temperatures will remain well above freezing throughout the night. In fact, overnight lows will be in the 40s.FRIDAY…A cold front will sweep across the state tomorrow. Before the front arrives, temperatures will peak in the 50s. Showers are likely in the morning then the sky will become partly sunny in the afternoon. A strong northwest wind will develop during the afternoon and temperatures will begin to drop. Temperatures will fall into the 30s tomorrow evening and the wind could gust to 40 mph! Tomorrow night will be blustery and much colder with lows 15-25. The wind will subside by late tomorrow night as the center of high pressure moves into Southern New England. SNOW POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND…Saturday will be a cold, but quiet day. The sky will be sunny in the morning then clouds will overspread the state toward evening. Highs will be in the 30s and the wind will be light. Many guidance models are forecasting accumulating snow Saturday night. However, it is still too early to predict snowfall totals since everything depends on the exact track of a quick moving coastal storm. We will get more specific with a snowfall forecast later today and tomorrow. Snow is expected to end by dawn Sunday. Sunday will turn out to be a nice day with partly sunny skies, a northwesterly breeze, and highs in the 40s. Fortunately, the air moving in on the heels of the storm will not be all that cold. The mercury will dip into the 20s Sunday night.BIG CHANGES NEXT WEEK…Monday looks good. High pressure will be centered over New England Monday morning. Therefore, we expect sunny skies and light winds. However, clouds will overspread the state during the afternoon in advance of the next storm. Temperatures will likely reach the 40s. A warm front will spread rain into the state Monday evening. Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.There is the potential for very mild weather by Tuesday. With a storm track to our north we may be solidly in the warm air sector. For now, we are forecasting highs near 60 degrees Tuesday, but it could be warmer. Even with limited sunshine and a few showers, Tuesday will be unseasonably mild.The forecast for Wednesday is tricky. The European Model keeps Connecticut in the warm sector while the GFS has the boundary between cold air and warm air stretched across Southern New England. If the European Model is correct, highs Wednesday will be in the 60s to near 70 degrees! However, if the front settles to the south of Connecticut and if we get into a northerly flow, Wednesday will be much cooler. Stay tuned!THE ANNIVERSARY OF BLIZZARD CHARLOTTE…It was on February 8th and 9th in 2013 when Blizzard Charlotte slammed the state with record breaking snowfall! Snow began on the morning of the 8th and it didn’t end until the morning of February 9th. During the evening of the 8th snow fell at the rate of 4”/hr. and there were numerous reports of lightning and thunder. Charlotte was a record breaking snowstorm for Bridgeport with a grand total of 30”. It was the second biggest snowstorm on record for the Greater Hartford Area with a total of 22.3”. Hamden hit the jackpot with 40” and Ansonia was buried under 36”. The blizzard set an all-time Connecticut 24 hour snowfall record!JANUARY 2018…January went into the record books as a slightly colder than normal month with above normal precipitation. The average temperature at Bradley International Airport will come in at 25.2 degrees, which is 0.9 degrees colder than normal. We had 3.86” of precipitation, which is 0.63” above normal. This includes rain plus the water equivalent of snow and ice. Snowfall for the month was 13.7”, which is 1.4” above normal.January started out very cold with sub-freezing temperatures the first 8 days. This was part of a lengthy deep freeze that began on Christmas Day and it lasted 2 weeks! The temperature reached a record high of 60 degrees on the 12th, and a record tying 59 degrees on the 13th. The record warmth came with a heavy rainstorm. The deep freeze followed by a warm, heavy rain led to flooding and major ice jams on some of the state’s streams and rivers, like the Housatonic and Connecticut River.The highest temperature for the month was 60 degrees on the 12th and the lowest temperature was 9 below zero on the 7th. The mercury dipped below zero on 4 days during the first week of January.Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney“Copyright 2018 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved”

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