Sunday blizzard watch: Snow expected after 9 a.m.
Published 6:40 am, Sunday, December 26, 2010
A blizzard is on track to sweep over the region later this morning, bringing heavy snow, strong winds and the potential for coast flooding, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.
This day-after-Christmas storm is expected to wreak havoc with travelers heading home after the holiday, as heavy snow could continue falling through Monday morning.
NWS forecasters have issues a "Blizzard Warning," "Coastal Flood Watch" and "Hazardous Weather Outlook" for southwestern Connecticut as of 6 a.m. Sunday.
Snow is expected to begin falling steadily across the region after 9 a.m. today. The storm could be accompanied by occasional thunder and a northeast wind 10 to 13 mph, increasing to between 26 and 29 mph. Daytime temperatures are expected to be no higher than 33 degrees.
Initial snowfall accumulation is likely to be 3 to 5 inches, the NWS predicts.
Snow continues tonight, heavy at times. Wind intensity will grow, out of the north between 26 and 32 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Temperatures will fall to the mid-20s.
New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is possible.
The storm should slow by Monday morning, with light snow mainly before noon. It will be cloudy, with a high near 33. It will be windy, with a north wind around 31 mph, gusting as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
By Monday night, the storm will have cleared through the region, but it will be very cold with a low temperature of about 20 degrees. It will also be windy, with a northwest track between 18 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.