UPDATED: Snow begins, causing slippery roads
Flakes began to fly in the region Thursday night, the region’s first brush with inclement wintry conditions of the season.
Snow and sleet were forecast to fall on the region into Friday morning, dumping up to 1 to 3 inches on the shoreline and 2 to 5 inches inland, according to meteorologist Gary Lessor.
The National Weather Service was predicting even more snow: a possible 2 to 4 inches in New London and a possible 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet in Norwich tonight.
The National Weather Service also predicted “brief minor flooding of the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline” in southern New London County overnight and into Friday morning.
The snow and sleet will start in southeastern Connecticut between 4 and 6 p.m. and begin turning over to sleet by 9 p.m. on the shoreline and by 11 p.m. inland, according to the weather projections by Lessor, a meteorologist and assistant director with The Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
The storm could potentially bring up to 0.2 inch of ice inland and minor icing at the shore, he said. By midnight, parts of the shoreline will have changed to rain and inland areas will see sleet and freezing rain, Lessor forecast. In the pre-dawn hours on Friday, it may become light precipitation.
Light rain is expected for Friday morning, and it will be partly sunny Friday afternoon, he said.
A National Weather Service advisory tells people to expect slippery and hazardous road conditions that will affect the Thursday evening commute and winds that could take down tree branches. The advisory issued for southern New London County, as well as southern Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and Westchester Counties, is in effect from 2 to 11 p.m. Thursday.
“A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” the notice states. “Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”
The region could see overnight wind gusts of mostly 15 to 25 mph, though at times gusts could reach up to 35 to 45 mph. There could be isolated power outages, though widespread outages are not expected, Lessor said.