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Parts of Conn. have winter advisory, then heavy rain

December 27, 2018

Parts of northern Connecticut have some slippery conditions to deal with on Friday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of northern Connecticut from 1 to 7 a.m. on Friday.

The advisory for such communties as Litchfield, New Milford and Torrington says mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected with up to one tenth of an inch of ice possible.

“Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the Friday morning commute,” the NWS says.

Travelers headed north should note the advisory also includes the eastern Catskills, portions of the mid-Hudson Valley, the southern Taconics, the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

Snow and sleet begins between 1 and 3 a.m. Friday morning across the entire advisory area and will quickly transition over to freezing rain. Freezing rain will transition to plain rain between 5 and 10 a.m.

Along the shoreline and most of Connecticut the precipitation should be just rain.

Areas about 20 miles from the shoreline could see some rain, snow and sleet between 1 and 4 a.m. with little or no accumulation.

Friday will be a washout with up of an inch of cold rain forecast.

Fridfay’s rain will increase totals for a very wet year.

So far, Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford has had 58.34 inches of rain - nearly 16 inches above average, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center. While the total rainfall is abnormally high for the Bridgeport, it is far below the all-time rainiest year when 72.93 inces fell in 1972.

Westchester County Airport, near Greenwich, has received 57.70 inches, 8.85 higher than normal,

Danbury airport has had 54.38 inches (about 5 inches above average); Tweed-New Haven Airport, 50.19 inches (3.48 inches above average).

The forecast

Today: Sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Tonight: A chance of rain, snow, and sleet between 1am and 4am, then rain likely. Increasing clouds, with a low around 31. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.

Friday: Rain. High near 52. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind around 8 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 41 by 5pm. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

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