A winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening across parts of northern CT.
Snow will mix with rain and sleet at times, and the storm could last 24 hours through Sunday night, January 20, with the system wrapping up with evening snow showers. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches possible. Temperatures should warm into the 20s and low 30s on Tuesday and then potentially above normal on Wednesday ahead of the next system approaching the area late next week the weather service said.
In addition to snow, Friday night's forecast also calls for gusty winds that could impact travel. Saturday afternoon and evening a light snow, likely mixing with sleet for many by the evening, moves into the region.
Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the forecast as details become clearer in coming days, including possible Winter Storm Watches.
Streit and others said forecast models predict a blast of Arctic air around January 28 to 29 that threatens to push temperatures below zero degrees F in the Plains, Midwest and possibly into northern Delta wheat states like Arkansas and Tennessee. The forecast is less severe in more populated areas, but travel is likely to be nasty in cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, and NY. Travel will be very hard and hazardous Saturday night through Sunday afternoon, along with poor visibility. Precipitation will start falling as rain Friday afternoon and switch over to snow that evening, according to the weather service. We haven't seen a wind chill that low in several years.
Snow accumulations along the Interstate 95 corridor were fairly light - just 1 to 2 inches.
Hartford, Conn.: Snow is advancing into central southern New England by sunset or so Saturday.
"The Highlands could see 1-3" of snow.
The overnight slow Sunday night into Martin Luther King Jr. Afternoon temperatures only reach the teens to near 20 degrees under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies.