NWS: 1 in 10 chance Bridgeport gets 2 inches of snow
BRIDGEPORT — The National Weather Service says there’s a one in 10 chance the city sees 2 inches of snow on Thursday.
Despite this, forecasts are still calling for 1 to 5 inches of snow and sleet and up to a quarter inch of ice across southern Connecticut, the Lower Hudson Valley in New York and parts of northeast New Jersey. Those areas are under a winter weather advisory from Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.
In Orange and Putnam counties in New York, snow could continue into Friday morning. In New York City and Long Island, residents will see a period of snow and sleet that will change over to rain in the afternoon.
In the areas under the advisory, including Bridgeport, the transition to rain will happen late afternoon into the evening. And, for some, that nighttime commute will be difficult.
“Travel will become hazardous due to poor visibility and snow- and ice-covered roads over the advisory area,” the NWS said.
But, according to predictions from the NWS, the odds Bridgeport sees 2 inches of snow is only 10 percent.
The average rainfall totals are expected to hover around three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a half, with the possibility of higher localized amounts.
And with the rain, sleet and snow, coastal Connecticut will see wind late Thursday night with gusts expected to range between 40 to 45 mph.
“This many down a few tree limbs and power lines,” the weather service said.
Uncertainty remains around the strength, location and timing of stronger wind gusts with this storm. The weather service’s confidence in the wind gust forecast was low to moderate, it said Wednesday. Winds are more likely to be lower than the forecast predicts.