HARTFORD, Conn. — Parts of Connecticut are bracing Monday for a winter storm that could drop more than 12 inches of heavy, wet snow in some areas.
The National Weather Service said the storm is supposed to begin late Monday and last into Wednesday. The storm – classified as a nor-easter by meteorologists – is expected to bring high winds and power outages were possible.
The strongest winds are likely to be in eastern Massachusetts, however, peak gusts between 40 to 50 mph are expected in Connecticut.
More than 130,000 customers could lose power, however, Eversource and United Illuminated assured their customers that they have crews ready to respond.
“That combination of heavy wet snow, long duration of sustained winds, long duration of gusts will almost certainly bring down tree limbs and entire trees,” said Steve Sullivan, president of Connecticut electric operations for Eversource. “Those will damage the electric system.”
How much rain and snow Connecticut communities will depend on various factors – most importantly elevation.
Meteorologists predict that a steady rain will begin developing in the early evening Monday before flipping to snow sometime in the overnight hours into Tuesday.
Most likely, the morning commute in the northeast and northwest parts of Connecticut will be impacted by the snow. However, that is not the case everywhere else in the state.
A winter storm watch is in effect for parts of northern Connecticut as well as most of Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island. There is a winter weather advisory in place for Hartford County and most of Connecticut.
Meteorologists predict that snow accumulation in the lower elevations will depend on the temperature and snowfall rate. Four to 8 inches of snow is expected along Interstate 84 from Danbury to Waterbury to the areas west and north of Hartford.
South of Hartford, the warm air may be a bit tough to overcome and meteorologists are forecasting about 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. If it turns out to be a bit colder, these numbers could go up.
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