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Bomb Cyclone Hits Connecticut: Power Outages, Snowfall Totals

Connecticut Emergency Operations Center has been activated as a major winter storm continues impacting our area
 
Current storm highlights from The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:
  • At 11:00 AM radar showed heavy snow falling across most of the state.   North and Northeast winds are currently sustained at 25MPH with gusts to 35 – 45 MPH at times.  
  • Eversource and UI are reporting a total of 450 customers without power across the state.  
  • Total snowfall currently ranges between 6 – 10 inches across the state.  
The following forecast is based on a blend of the GFS, HRRR and NAM models which are in good agreement:
 
This afternoon: 
Heavy snow at times with snowfall rates between 1” – 3”  per hour until 3:00 PM.  The snow intensity is expected to slowly taper down to moderate snow by 4:00 PM and to light snow by 6:00 PM.  However some bands of heavier snow could persist into this evening in a few towns.  Strong winds gusting to 45 - 55 MPH at times will cause blowing and drifting of the snow and also reduce visibility to near zero at times.  The strong winds may also cause some additional power outages.  A major impact is possible for the afternoon rush hour with 2 – 4 inches of snow on most roads and moderate snow falling.   
 
This evening and overnight: 
 
The snow is forecast to end from west to east between 6:00 – 9:00 PM with considerable blowing and drifting of snow continuing overnight.  Bitterly cold conditions are expected with lows between 0 F and 10 above and winds gusting to 30 - 40 MPH at times causing wind chills to drop to -20 F at times.
 
Friday and Saturday:
 
Bitterly cold and windy with highs around 10 F and overnight lows between 0 and -10 F.  Wind chills are forecast to range from around -10 F during the days down to -20 to -30 F at night. 
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this storm.

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