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Cold, dry before unsettled weather returns Thursday

December 26, 2018

High pressure will be in control of the weather with dry conditions through Thursday, the National Weather Service says.

Temperatures will be near seasonable levels during the day with readings in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Nighttime temperatures will generally be in the 20s and lower 30s.

“A warm front approaches Thursday night and lifts north of the area on Friday. This will signal the return of unsettled conditions with rain for much of the area late Thursday night into Friday,” the NWS says.

“The precipitation may begin as a brief wintry mix for portions of the Lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut late Thursday night. However, warmer temperatures will bring a quick change over to rain by Friday morning. Temperatures on Friday are likely to reach the middle 50s for the entire region. The rain tapers off Friday evening.”

Slippery road conditions are possible in northwest Connecticut communities, the NWS says.

Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

The forecast

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 2am, then rain, possibly mixed with snow and sleet. Low around 31. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.

Friday: Rain. High near 52. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

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