Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

Tuesday December 17, 2013 from 7 AM TO 6 PM EST

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Litchfield, Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties for the day on Tuesday.

Snow will develop during the morning rush hour and become moderate to locally heavy at times by mid-morning. Accumulating snow will create slippery roadways and hazardous travel conditions especially on untreated roadways. Visibility may be reduced to ½ mile or less for brief periods Tuesday morning. Commuters are urged to use caution. The main impact will be in between the morning and afternoon commutes.

The following forecast is based on current data and may change somewhat as we get closer to the event:

Tuesday Morning:

Light snow developing from West to East between 7:00 – 10:00 AM with temperatures in the teens across the state.  The impact on the morning commute is forecast to be very minor with only a dusting expected by 9:00 AM.  The light snow is expected to become steadier by 11:00 AM.

Tuesday Afternoon:

Snow is expected to become moderate by noontime and continue at a moderate intensity for 4 – 5 hours during the afternoon.  The snow should stick to most roads with high temperatures ranging from around 20 F in Northern CT up to the mid 20’s along the coast.  The snow is forecast to taper off to flurries from West to East between 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  The impact on the afternoon commute is currently expected to be minor to moderate in Northern CT and moderate in Southern CT with moderate snow at the start of the rush hour and just flurries by the end of the rush hour.   Roads during most of the afternoon rush are expected to be covered with 1 – 3 inches of powdery snow.

Precautionary/Preparedness actions:

A winter weather advisory means that period of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.  Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

Total snowfall is forecast to range from 3 – 5” in Northern CT up to 4 – 6” in Southern CT.

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