Power outages in Southwestern Connecticut, Sleet in Northern Connecticut, Dangerous Cold Expected Across Tri-State
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) s total of ½” – 1.0” of liquid has fallen in southwestern CT and some of this rainfall is freezing on contact with trees and wires. Eversource is reporting a total of 605 outages in the Danbury/Newtown area.
Here's the latest from the NWS:
A mix of sleet and freezing rain is expected in the NW hills with a band of freezing rain likely along and north of the I-84 corridor (maximum ice accumulation of ½”). Heavy rain is possible in eastern CT which could cause some urban and small stream flooding. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the upper 30’s to near 40 F at the coast. However, temperatures inland may hold in the upper 20’s in valley locations. The icing combined with the weight of the overnight snow on trees will likely cause some power outages across central and northern CT. Minor coastal flooding is also possible during high tide at 10:00 AM in Western Long Island Sound. A minor to moderate impact on driving is expected.
Icing should end by noon and any mixed precipitation is forecast to change to light snow during the early-afternoon and end by 4:00 PM. Temperatures are forecast to begin rapidly falling late in the afternoon as NW winds increase and gust to 35 – 40 MPH at times. The cold temperatures and wind are expected to flash freeze any remaining standing water on roads. Also, the gusty winds will likely cause some additional power outages.
Sunday Night into Monday
Wind Chill Advisory
Bitterly cold air is forecast to rush into the state Sunday night with temperatures falling to near 0 F by daybreak on Monday and wind chills between -10 and -20 F. A minor to moderate impact on driving is expected overnight.
A wind chill advisory has been issued for portions of the interior Sunday night and continuing into early Monday afternoon.
Learn more on the NWS website here.