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SNOW STORM updates

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Here is 4 p.m. weather update, relayed from the state by Dick Aarons, Ridgefield’s deputy emergency manager:

At 3:45 PM temperatures across the state ranged from the low 30’s in most of the state to the upper 30’s along the Southeast coast. Winds were from the North Northeast at 15 – 20 MPH, gusting to 40 MPH at times along the coast. Radar showed bands of snow mixed with rain at the Southeast coast moving to the Northwest. This area of snow and rain is rotating around a low pressure center currently located 125 – 175 miles Southeast of Eastern Long Island. At 3:45 PM CL&P and UI reported a total of 8,312 customers without power. Most of the outages are currently in southern Connecticut.

A rain / snow line is currently located across Southeastern CT from Old Saybrook to Stonington. For the rest of the afternoon, moderate wet snow is expected to continue across most of the state. The rain / snow line is forecast to move more slowly to the North and West during the next 4 hours reaching the Middletown area by 8:00 PM. Snow has begun sticking to some un-treated roads, bridges and on/off ramps and the overall impact on the afternoon and evening rush hour is expected to be moderate. Total snowfall is forecast to range from no accumulation in Southeastern CT, 1 – 2 inches along the immediate Western coast, 2 – 4” in Central CT up to 7” in the higher elevations of the Northwest Hills.

Along the coast North Northeast winds are forecast to continue sustained at 20 – 35 MPH with gusts to 40 – 50 MPH at times. Winds inland are forecast to range from 15 – 25 MPH with gusts to 45 MPH at times. At this time the peak of strongest winds is forecast to occur from now until 4:00 AM Thursday morning. Additional power outages are expected to occur for the next 12 hours as a result of strong winds and wet snow sticking to trees and powerlines.

High tide is currently occurring in Western Long Island Sound. However North Northeast winds are blowing water away from the Connecticut coast and keeping tide surges down to 2.5 Feet in Western Long Island Sound. See tide forecast to the right for tide times and levels.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection will continue to monitor the latest conditions and will issue another update at 6:00 PM this evening.

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