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Very cold tonight; tracking snow late Sunday early Monday

Get ready for wintry precipitation late Sunday night into Monday as a light winter storm impacts Connecticut during the Monday morning commute with snow, sleet and rain.  It will not be a big storm, however the timing is not very good.  Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weekend.

Sunday will start out frigid with sun fading behind increasing afternoon clouds ahead of a storm approaching from the mid-west.  This storm will deliver the first band of light snow late in the evening.  I'm not expecting much snowfall late Sunday evening associated with this first band.   The second band of steadier snow could accumulate fairly quickly around midnight through the pre-dawn hours. The latest track of the storm will move just to our west across Pennsylvania and New York State; therefore, the snow will change over to a wintry mix and rain before ending Monday afternoon.   The shore will change to sleet and rain first (between 5-7 AM), then that snow /rain line moves along I-84 (between 7-9 AM), and finally near the Massachusetts border late Monday morning (after 9 AM).  Total snowfall will depend on the track of the storm.  Right now, my latest snowfall projection is for a Coating -4" statewide with the highest amounts across Litchfield County, least amounts along the shore before that the change-over to rain!

Expect roads to become snow-covered and icy late Sunday night into the Monday morning commute before the change over to rain.  The visibility will be reduced during light to moderate snow as you head out to work, especially during the early part of the commute when most of the state will still have snow falling.   Regardless of whether the roads are wet or snow-covered, they will be very slick, especially during commute times when there will be a large volume of traffic on the roads. Simple common sense advise, allow extra time and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you to avoid those fender-benders.

Overall, this looks like a very winter-like pattern with colder than normal temperatures next week with yet another storm nearby by late Wednesday into Thursday. However, latest modeled data shows that storm moving out to sea, brushing Connecticut with some clouds.  However, it will be very close and a lot could change during the next several days.

Forecast Details:

Tonight: Clear, calm and cold. Low: 14-24.

Sunday: Early sun, increasing afternoon clouds with a band of light snow during the evening hours.  High: 30-35.

Sunday Night:  A period of light to moderate snow, before mixing with and changing to rain along shore before sunrise.  Low: 27-35.

Monday: Snow changing to sleet and rain in the morning, ending by midday, gradual clearing in the afternoon.  High: 35-45.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High: 35-40.

Wednesday:  Clear to partly cloudy, becoming breezy.  High: 30-35.

Thursday:   A mix of sun and clouds, windy and bitterly cold. High: 20s (Wind-Chill in the teens).

Friday: Partly sunny, windy and very cold. High: 20s.

Saturday: Partly sunny, not so cold. High: 30s.

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