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.

The heart of the coldest air of this early winter season has arrived today with highs only in the 20s and low 30s.  The wind will not be as strong today but temperatures will be 5° colder than yesterday, so either way, bundle up!

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.  Mostly wet or slushy roads along the shore.  Regardless of whether the roads are wet or snow-covered, they will still be very slick especially during commute time when there will be a large volume of traffic on the roads.  Simple common sense advise, allow extra time when driving 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:

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, brisk and cold.  High: 27-34.

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 in the afternoon with some clearing. High: 35-45.

Tuesday: Partly sunny. High: 30s.

Wednesday:  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High: 35-40.

Thursday: Cloudy. High: 30s.

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

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