***A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for New London County from tonight through tomorrow***
***A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the entire state from tonight through tomorrow***
Temperatures remain fairly steady this morning (upper teens, lower 20s) thanks to a light southerly flow in tandem with an increase in cloud cover. We'll end the week today with highs in the low to mid-30s. While overcast and dry for most of the day, we can't rule out isolated snow showers. This is associated will a cold front that will deepen Bobby’s surface low. We may see a coating of snow with these light snow showers by the later this evening. These snow showers will have little to no impact on driving.
WINTER STORM BOBBY…
***WINTER STORM WARNING, STATEWIDE FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TOMORROW EVENING***
The cold front that's moving through the state today will drill temperatures down into the teens for tomorrow. The northeast winds of the nor’easter will prevent us from breaking into the 20s. Given these temperatures, the snow density will be on the low side which further supports our forecasts of over a foot and a half for the far eastern section of Connecticut. 8-18” is expected for the western third of the state, including Hartford. We expect these estimates to pivot east or west, but it’s looking likely that most of the state will grind to a halt around 10am tomorrow morning.
The snow associated with Bobby will start just after midnight tonight. When you wake up tomorrow, everything will be covered in snow. This will be a deceiving moment in the forecast when the winds are gusting up to 30 mph and there is only a few inches on the ground. Conditions will quickly become dangerous as the gusts flair up to 50 mph in the late morning and snowfall rates spike to 1-2” per hour. 10 AM to 4 PM will be the worst of the storm with consistent gusts over 40 mph creating near white out conditions. Accumulating snow will continue until around 7 PM, then taper off towards midnight.
Wind impacts will be evenly spread throughout the state, but power outages will be most likely over coastal and eastern Connecticut where the snowfall will be highest with slightly stronger gusts. Coastal flooding threat is at a minimum given the proximity of the storm and the angle of the winds.
Crews should have plenty of time to improve the roads by Sunday morning. The snow will stop by early morning, but the winds will take longer to fade away. Wind chills on Sunday morning will be near zero. The sun will emerge in the late morning and highs will climb into the mid-20s.
Monday morning will be a very cold start with improving afternoon conditions. Tuesday will be our third day in a row of sunshine as snow removal is finally coming to an end. As for some good news, we are expected to see the warmest temperatures we’ve had since the first days of January. Highs could reach 50 degrees later next week.
Meteorologist Connor Lewis with Scot Haney
HISTORY AND CRITERIA FOR NAMING WINTER STORMS…
WFSB/Channel 3 has a 50-year legacy of naming winter storms; you may remember Blizzard Larry, the Blizzard of ’78, the big ice storm of December 1973 named Felix, Storm Alfred in late October of 2011 and Blizzard Charlotte in 2013. Alfred’s heavy, wet snow caused a record power outage in Connecticut and Blizzard Charlotte dumped up to 40” of snow on the state. It all began in 1971 with Channel 3 and the Travelers Weather Service.
Why did we decide to name storms so long ago? Because people easily remember names, especially the ones that have been attached to Connecticut’s biggest storms! Occasionally, we get criticized for naming winter storms, but by far most of our viewers love the tradition and find it fun! We also must meet certain criteria for a storm to be named. We must be forecasting at least 6” of snow for most of the state and/or at least ½” of ice accretion that would occur during an ice storm.