<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:59:20 -0500 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:59:20 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:27:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/first+alert_weather+1200.jpg

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy, chilly. Low temperature in the 20s. Diminishing NW wind.

Friday: Sunshine and clouds. High temperature 36-42. NW wind 10-15 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, chilly. High temperature in the 30s.

Sunday: Cloudy with some light rain and/or snow possible. High temperature 35-40.

Monday: Cloudy. High temperature 36-42.

Tuesday: Cloudy, chance for a bit of rain. High temperature 38-44.

Christmas Eve: Rain and wind likely. Warm. High temperature in the 50s.

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<![CDATA[Snow Burst for Parts of State ]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lakeville+snow+1200.jpg

A burst of snow early Thursday morning brought between a coating and an inch of snow, which is enough to create some issues, including icy roads in Litchfield County, as well as in Tolland.

Elsewhere, the temperatures are above freezing, so anything falling is just creating wet roads.

Any rain and snow showers will end quickly, then it will become partly sunny and windy, with high temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees.
 

If it is snowing where you are, send photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Snow Showers Caused Slick Roads, School Delays]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:11:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cornwall+snow+1200.jpg

Scattered snow showers caused slippery driving conditions this morning and led to dozens of school delays.

Most of the state is getting between a coating to 2 inches of snow, but up to 4 inches of snow was not out of the question in the northwest hills.

Later today, ice could be an issue as the precipitation freezes, especially on untreated roads.

Send your snow photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[2014 Winter Forecast]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:04:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2014_Winter_Forecast_1200x675_369245251979.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Norfolk Is the Ice Box of Connecticut]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:05:15 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norfolk_Is_the_Ice_Box_of_Connecticut_1200x675_369256515821.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Behind the Scenes at the NBC Connecticut Weather Center]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:03:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Behind_the_Scenes_at_the_NBC_Connecticut_Weather_Center_1200x675_369245763783.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Long Range Forecasting]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:12:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/longpic00000000.jpg Brad Field travels to Weather Services International near Boston to talk to some of the best seasonal forecasters in the country.]]> <![CDATA[Ice Made for Dangerous Driving]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:57:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/038f8d64212d4aa9ab5508ffc35ecbd2.jpg Icy conditions led to dangerous travel on the roads this morning.]]> <![CDATA[Ski Mountains Prep All Year Long]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:14:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wxspskisundown0595858956.jpg Mountain workers prep all year long for ski season.]]> <![CDATA[Farms Prepare Throughout Winter]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wxspdarrenfarm949392393.jpg Just because it is winter does not mean a farm sits still.]]> <![CDATA[Combating Dry Skin]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:16:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/drypic00000000.jpg As temperatures fall in the winter so does the moisture in the air. What you can do to help keep your skin looking great throughout the winter.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Falling in Parts of Connecticut]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snowflurriesradardec2.jpg

Some parts of the state will see a wintry mix Tuesday night, but the impact on travel is expected to be limited because temperatures will be above freezing and any snow will fall lightly.

The hills north and west of Hartford may see some snow glaze those ares as a minor storm system is forecasted to pass through Connecticut as milder air mixes with colder air, according to NBC Connecticut First Alert Chief Meteorologist Brad Field. The snow might stick in the hills and create slippery travel.

Clouds increased throughout today and temperatures were around 25 degrees colder than yesterday, with highs between 35 and 41 degrees.

Winter weather advisories are in effect for the northern half of Litchfield county from 4 p.m. on Tuesday to 6 a.m. on Wednesday and for Hartford County.

Any precipitation will change to a mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain during the night.

Temperatures will rise overnight and on tomorrow morning, and precipitation will wind down quickly, so expect wet conditions for the morning drive.



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<![CDATA[Slushy Conditions Raise Concerns About Icy Roads in Waterbury]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:11:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbury+slush.jpg

The city of Waterbury is most concerned about ice on Thanksgiving after a day of sleet, snow and rain on Wednesday.

"The trucks will be out there to sand and treat the roads, plow off anything they might have to plow off," said David Simpson, director of the Waterbury Department of Public Works.

Simpson said the department sent out 35 pieces of city equipment after 9 a.m. Wednesday and pre-treated the roads before the snow started up around 10 a.m.

The department ramped up that effort to 48 trucks around midday and is monitoring the forecast into Friday to see what the weather brings.

"Anything that's covered is slushy, and that slush, when it gets between your feet or the tires, will become slick," Simpson added.

That slush is coating every surface in the city, including Samantha Wilson's driveway on Oak Street. Wilson said she just wants to be able to get out in the morning.

"Either that or it's all ice by the time I get up," she said. "I don't mind the cold. I just hate the snow and the rain."

Neighbors down on Oak Street also spent the evening shoveling sidewalks to ensure they didn't freeze up as Thanksgiving rolls around.

"My husband is out there," said Mary Fischer, of Wolcott, who is spending the holiday at her sister's house. "He was out there a few times today shoveling. We're keeping a good eye on it because we're expecting our family to come tomorrow."

Waterbury officials said they're grateful schools are closed Thursday and Friday so they can finish their cleanup in time.



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<![CDATA[Holiday Shoppers Head Out Despite the Snow]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:10:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/north+canaan+snowy+shopping.JPG

The snow didn't deter some holiday shoppers on Wednesday.

In fact, some used the day to get a head start hoping to beat crowds later this week.

“I wanted to beat all the craziness and I just came to get a few things," said Laura Silvay, who was shopping in Manchester, "and of course I ended up with a ton more.”

That craziness will start even earlier in Manchester this year, with the Shoppes at Buckland Hills slated to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

“I bought some food for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving and some extras. It’s the first time I’ve been out in the snow,” said Kevin Ritchie.

Westfarms Mall is also opening at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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<![CDATA[Drivers Head Out Early for Thanksgiving Holiday]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:17:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Drivers_Head_Out_Early_for_Thanksgiving_Holiday_1200x675_363994179685.jpg Drivers head out early for the Thanksgiving holiday. ]]> <![CDATA[Airport Gets Ready for Snowy Holiday Travel]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:24:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/112513+flights+cancelled+generic.jpg

As the last flight departed from Bradley International Airport and the terminals emptied Tuesday night, it truly was the calm before the storm.

AAA predicts 3.5 million Americans will take to the skies between Wednesday and Sunday, the same time Old Man Winter plans on dumping its first snow storm across Connecticut.

“We are certainly monitoring the storm that is expected tomorrow, but we plan on keeping Bradley open and operational for the duration of the storm,” said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

To help curb travel issues, some airlines offered the option of a quick switch free of charge before the snow started.

Jonann Lemoine made the change to guarantee a smooth trip to Lexington, South Carolina.

“We took advantage of that because we didn’t want to miss our flight tomorrow and then possibly miss Thanksgiving with our family,” said Lemoine.

However, as the hours wore on, the flights filled and empty seats were harder to come by.

“Folks should really stay with the flight they are on right now because there is not a lot of capacity to rebook,” said Dillon.

According to Dillion, individual carriers have the final say on cancellations and delays. His responsibility is to keep the airport ready to accept and send out all that is scheduled.

“We have some of the best snow removal crews in the country so we are not anticipating any problems in that regard,” said Dillon.

His recommendations for the busiest travel day of the year are simple: arrive early and pack your patience.

“We are going to work very hard tomorrow to make sure it’s an enjoyable day for folks traversing through the airport,” Dillon said.

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<![CDATA[Bradley Airport Passengers Can Switch Flights as Storm Looms]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:30:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP607486393422.jpg

Some holiday travelers will be forced to change their plans as winter weather dumps several inches of snow on the state Wednesday.

Passengers who want to change their flights as a precaution can do so free of charge if they're flying with one of the airlines listed below.

  • American Airlines/American Eagle: A representative told NBC Connecticut that flights affected by the Northeast Thanksgiving Storm will be allowed to change their flights free of charge. Travelers can check for qualifying locations online.
  • Delta Airlines: Even if your flight is not canceled, you can make a one-time change to your ticket without being charged if you are scheduled to travel to, from or through certain locations, including Connecticut.
  • JetBlue: Due to inclement weather forecasted to impact the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, we will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling to, from or through the destinations listed on the airline's website.
  • Southwest Airlines: Southwest doesn’t charge fees to swap tickets, but a fare difference could apply to customers who are making the changes on their own, according to an airline representative. During inclement weather, Southwest cancels flights in the areas where there will be the biggest impact, at which point a travel advisory will go into effect. Passengers can check their flight’s status online.
  • United Airlines: United Airlines has issued a waiver for travel scheduled for tomorrow for airports along the East Coast. The exception policy is available online.
  • U.S. Airways/U.S. Airways Express: Customers can change their flights free of charge if they are ticketed to travel to, from, or through Bradley or any of the airports listed here.

Some airlines are not compensating customers for fare differences. Customers should check with their airlines to confirm that their flights qualify for free ticket transfers.



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<![CDATA[State Prepares for Winter Storm]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:21:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/connecticut+department+of+transportation.jpg

As the state gears up for its first major snowstorm of the season, Gov. Dannel Malloy is urging residents to avoid traveling Wednesday and rely on mass transit if possible.

“Quite frankly, if you can complete your travel plans today, you’d be far better off than tomorrow, based on current forecasts,” Malloy said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

\Malloy was joined by Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, who said the state's trucks and snow blowers are ready to tackle more than a foot of snow if need be.

Redeker said this snow event is significant not because of the projected snowfall, but because of the timing.

"We want to be ready because a lot more people are going to be travelling and we want to give them the best trip possible," Redeker said.

Connecticut is ready with a fleet of nearly 900 state-owned and contractor plow trucks, in addition to 112 front loaders to remove snow and 11 massive snow blowers.

Equipment and crews sent to Western New York last week to help dig out after lake-effect snow blanketed the region are prepared to use their skills back in their home state.

"They're back and refreshed and ready to go," Redeker said.

Redeker said trucks will start treating roads before the storm and will also over-treat some sections of highway to prepare for the number of cars and trucks that are expected. He explained that crews will be strategic in where they prepare roads.

"We will only be treating places we think based on temperature needed to be pre-treated," Redeker said. "As the storm materializes we’re going to be putting down material, as much as necessary to keep the roads clear.”



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<![CDATA[Expected Snow Sidelines Travel Plans]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/04-25-2014-generic-traffic-generic.jpg

With several inches of snow expected to fall Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, many people are scrambling to change their holiday travel plans.

Some say they're considering staying home.

"We're not sure. We're kind of still debating if we should go or if we should stay home and do our own thing instead of trying to go out," said Sage Hall, of Southington.

Others are still hoping to make it to their holiday celebrations.

"I'm planning to go Wednesday. If we have 10 inches of snow on the ground then maybe I'll change my mind," said Jessica Backer Wilde, of West Hartford.

While the pending storm is causing travel concerns, people who are planning to stick around Connecticut are getting prepared. Pfau's Hardware in West Hartford is seeing no shortage of people picking up supplies.

"As the storm approaches, I've been seeing more people buying the ice melt, you want to increase your traction, anything that's going to be pet safe we have a lot of that and we have shovels as well," said Pfau's employee Daeshawn Kelley.

Towns across the state are gearing up for what could be a busy holiday clearing roads. At the West Hartford Public Works Department, salt is piled high and the town's brand new plow and other vehicles are ready to go.

"We're fully stocked on all levels. Our residents of West Hartford should anticipate no issues by our efforts to get the storm cleaned up to meet their holiday needs," said Public Works Director John Phillips.

And if there's a bit of good news in all of this, AAA says gas prices in Connecticut and nationwide are expected to be at their lowest since 2009.



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<![CDATA[Schools, State Offices Close as Snowstorm Approaches]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:16:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4+p.m.+nov+24+snowmap.jpg

Some schools have canceled classes for Wednesday and winter storm warnings have been issued for most of Connecticut as a storm threatens to bring up to a foot of snow on one of the busiest travel days of the year. 

The northern and western parts of the state could receive up to 12 inches, and a band of 4-8 inches is expected just south of the Interstate 84 corridor. The southeastern tip of the state and the shoreline will see between a coating and 4 inches.

State offices will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation has canceled all scheduled roadwork, according to the governor's office.

Public schools in Waterbury will be closed tomorrow and parking bans have been issued in advance of the storm. All University of Connecticut campuses with the exception of the health center will close at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said he will be partially activating the emergency operations center at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Malloy is urging residents to travel to their Thanksgiving destinations today or Thursday and to stay off the roads tomorrow during the height of the storm.

Malloy also advised people to use mass transit, such as Metro-North, if possible. The railroad will be adding service as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday to help people arrive at their destinations.

State Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said 632 trucks in the state fleet are prepared for snow removal and 251 plows are under contract and ready to go.

An additional 112 frontloaders and 12 massive snowblowers will be used, and state officials have also organized bucket trucks, brush cutters and chippers in case trees come down.

"I think we are in great shape," Redeker said. "We will be staffing our operation beginning at midnight tonight to be way ahead of the curve in terms of the storm, and we'll be prepared to address the conditions as they evolve."

As slush develops, DOT crews will be pre-treating roads, Redeker said.

"In heavy, congested areas, our trucks cannot go any faster than the cars. We won't be able to go back out around again, so instead we will be putting down extra material as we go the first pass to try to stay ahead of the storm," Redeker said.   

To get the word out about road conditions and delays, the state will be using traffic signs on state highways and the Department of Transportation will be tweeting alerts and updates.

This storm will quickly intensify and produce accumulating snow during the day Wednesday and into the night. Expect major travel issues in the northeast as road conditions deteriorate throughout the day.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday for Hartford, Litchfield, Windham, Tolland and the northern portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties.

A winter storm warning has also been issued for northern Middlesex County from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday. Mostly rain is expected along the immediate shoreline.

The storm will move out quickly Wednesday night and we should see fair, chilly weather on Thanksgiving Day.


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<![CDATA[Rain and Wind Caused Problems for Morning Commute ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:24:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Nov+24+morning+Connecticut++radar.jpg

Heavy downpours and strong winds caused several problems for the commute on Monday until transforming into scattered showers.

A trailer carrying leaves crashed on Route 6 in Farmington near Fairlawn Street ond flipped over this morning, according to police. Crews from the state Department of Transportation are responding to clean up the leaves.

A tractor-trailer crash and fuel spill on Interstate 91 North in Hartford caused problems all morning.

A fallen tree is still causing problems on Metro-North's New Canaan line and the train service is providing substitute bus service because of a downed tree and wire damage in the area of Talmadge Hill.

Crashes also caused problems on Interstate 84 In Southington, a crash caused problems from Cheshire to Southington.

The northbound side of the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich was briefly closed near exit 27 because a tree fell across the highway, according to state police. The road has since reopened.

There were also problems on Interstate 84 near the New York line after a tree came down in a crash.

Trees and wires came down in several towns and Connecticut Light and Power was reporting around 2,500 power outages scattered across the state, including hundreds in Middlefield and Middletown

The rain also caused flooding, which prompted school officials to close Derby High School for the day, according to the superintendent’s office. (You can sign up for school closing alerts here.)

The pouring rain has moved through, but some scattered showers will continue into the mid-day

Skies will be clear on Tuesday, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s.

However, a winter storm watch is in effect for most of Connecticut for Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Lake-Effect Snow Buries Buffalo Area]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:28:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/eeffb87cdb1a410ea7293ae26896329c.JPG.jpg Images from the Buffalo area in Western New York as lake-effect snow buried neighborhoods.

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<![CDATA[Bitter Blast Means a Tough Morning]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Real+Nov+14+CT+Temp.jpg

A bitter blast of cold weather is hitting Connecticut, bringing freezing temperatures rather than a high near 50s.

That made it a tough morning for residents across the state and a busy one for AAA's roadside crews.

Parents said they are waking up earlier to get children ready to brave the cold while waiting for the bus.

"We have to get them up an hour earlier just to get them out of bed." Tiffany Willis, of Hartford, said. 

Another reason to get up earlier is to let the car warm up.

As of 10:30 a.m., the AAA roadside crew responded to 393 calls in the greater Hartford area and Eastern Connecticut. On Monday, they responded to 1,015 calls, including 241 battery problems. On Tuesday, they responded to almost 1,000 calls.

People across the state said they are just not ready for the weather to be this cold so soon.

"It got too cold too fast and I'm not really happy about it," Sharyn Haymond, of  Glastonbury, said.

Bloomfield and Middletown have opened warming centers to help residents who need a place to go and warm up.

Middletown

The Church of the Holy Trinity at 381 Main Street opened Nov. 16 to provide hot beverages, snacks and "a temporary respite from the cold for those in need," according to the city of Middletown's website. The center will be open to the the public from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. every day of the week.

Anyone seeking more information on the Middletown warming center or interested in making donations can call 860-344-0097.

Bloomfield

Three locations in Bloomfield will serve as warming centers this week.

  • The Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Resources Center at 330 Park Avenue will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Those seeking shelter are asked to use the community/youth center entrance on the west side of the building.
  • The Prosser Library at 1 Tunxis Avenue will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, according to the town.
  • McMahon Wintonbury Library at 1015 Blue Hills Avenue will serve as the town's third warming center and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Water will be available at all warming shelters, but residents are encouraged to bring their own food, along with any medications or personal items. Service dogs are welcome.

"When you have a cold snap like we're going through right now, we tend to open up," said Bloomfield Town Manager Philip Schnenck. "It's kind of a shake-down for us too so we can work through any issues we have."

More information on the state winter weather response is available online.

Did your town open a warming center? Email us at news@nbcconnecticut.com to let us know!


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<![CDATA[Rain, Sleet Cause Delays on Slippery Roads]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:18:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/8+a.m.+Nov17+radar.jpg

There have been several problems on the highway as a storm system continues to bring rain.

Traffic is backed up on Interstate 91 North in New Haven after a truck rollover and that is just one of several slow spots.

Periods of rain throughout the day could create flooding due to poor drainage in areas where leaves have clogged storm sewers, according to NBC Connecticut First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon. 

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Wind speeds will likely increase, particularly in the southeastern part of the state, and gusts could reach 40 miles per hour later on Monday. This could result in scattered power outages as some tree limbs and brances might come down.

Temperatures are expected to drop again on Monday night, bringing cold weather for Tuesday and Wednesday.

More than 1 inch of rain might fall in some towns and gusty winds will develop during the afternoon and evening along the shoreline. 

Behind the storm, much colder weather will move in for Tuesday and Wednesday. 


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<![CDATA[First Snow of the Season in Connecticut]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:43:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Snow+111414+in+Tolland.jpg

Residents across many parts of Connecticut are waking up to anywhere from a coating to 2 inches of snow this morning after a weak weather disturbance produced the first snow of the season.

Temperatures will struggle to break 40 degrees on Friday as a cold front brings the first widespread outbreak of winter weather to the United States.

Light rain developed in some areas of the state on Thursday night and turned to snow overnight, first in the hills and last in the valley areas and along the shoreline.

Some spots, including the northwest hills, began seeing steady snow on Thursday evening and a snow emergency in the town of Winchester took effect at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

A light coating of about an inch of snow was expected along the coast and in Hartford, Middletown and Meriden, with up to 2 inches of snow in the northwest and northeast hills and some suburban towns in the area like the Farmington Valley and Manchester.

Snow has tapered off, but there are some slick patches and there have been several crashes this morning, including a mutlicar crash on Route 8 South in Naugatuck. That scene has since cleared.

The remainder of Friday and the weekend will likely have fair weather and temperatures that are very cold for November.

November snow is not unusual. Storms dropping an inch or more of snow have happened in the Hartford area for 56 of the last 108 years.

Over the weekend, most of us will see maximum temperatures a degree or two either side of 40. Our “normal” high is around 53 for this time of November. Another storm could be rolling in Sunday night into Monday

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<![CDATA[Powerful Storm Causes Damage Over the Border in Massachusetts]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:11:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/tornado16.jpg

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux says a tornado might have hit the Massachusetts town on Wednesday morning.

"We believe at this point, a tornado hit Hendrick and Mt Road," Cadieux said on her Facebook page. 

"Still checking the damage on Mt. Road and Hendrick St with the Police and Fire Chiefs," she added minutes later. "At this point we believe it's a tornado."

Cadieux later provided an update, saying it is still to be determined whether it was a tornado or a microburst.

NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said the radar at the time indicated the potential for a powerful microburst.

"Based on the pictures  I've seen, and the radar images from this morning, the storm was likely a powerful microburst. Though, there is a small chance it could have been a tornado," Hanrahan said.

Based on the inital reports and pictures, Hanrahan said winds could have exceeded 100 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of an EF1 tornado.

Easthampton Police said the tornado or microburst occurred around 4:54 a.m. No one was injured. Two people were trapped in a car, but they were able to be rescued. Most of the damage is on Route 141 and Hendrick Street.

Cadieux posted several photos of the storm damage to her Facebook page, showing downed tree limbs.

Police said trees and power lines are down, and one tree reportedly fell on a house. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is on scene, and police said it will likely take days to clean up. 

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<![CDATA[Storms Knock Out Power, Cause Road Closures]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:45:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Route+6+southbury+1200.jpg

Storms have knocked down trees across the state and caused almost 4,700 power outages in some towns.

A bus driver in Sherman was injured when a branch fell on a bus on Route 37.

In Andover, Route 87 is closed between Route 6 and Sheridan because wires are down.

In Bethany, Highway 69 is closed in both directions at Cheshire Road after a crash that brought down a pole.

Metro-North service is delayed on the Danbury Branch because a train has mechanical issues in the vicinity of Wilton.

In East Hartford, traffic is slow near exit 56 on Interstate 84 West because of a multi-vehicle crash.

In Greenwich, Pemberwick Road is closed from Buena Vista Drive to Glenville Road. Trees and wires are down and Connecticut Light & Power has responded.

Harmony Hill Road in Harwinton is closed at Route 4 due to downed trees and wires.

In Morris, Route 109 was closed, but has since opened.

Route 6 in Southbury is closed west of Route 61 due to fallen trees.

In Stamford, a crash before exit 35 on the Merritt Parkway south has traffic at a stop and go.

Liberty Street is also closed at Eden Avenue in Southington due to fallen trees and wires near 165 Liberty St.

Hard Scrabble Road and Melius roads in Warren are also closed after a tree fell in the area.

Connecticut Light & Power is reporting almost 4,700 outages, including more than 1,500 in Kent and 850 in New Milford.

Route 109 in Morris was closed by Hinman Lane, but has reopened.



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<![CDATA[Strong Storms Possible Overnight]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:00:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/exactradar_wednesday+morning.jpg

Strong storms are possible after 2 a.m. on Wednesday that could bring heavy rain and gusty winds capable of causing power outages and isolated property damage.
 
There is also the chance that the strongest storms could produce a tornado or two in southern New England.

Skies will clear later in the morning and the rest of Wednesday and Thursday look fair.
 
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<![CDATA[Extreme Weather Photos: California Storms]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:09:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP550933723999.jpg Take a look at some of the most extreme weather systems throughout the world.

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<![CDATA[Storms Dump Heavy Rain Across the State]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhaven+flooding.jpg

Storms dumped heavy rains on the state tonight, causing minor flooding in some communities.

West Hartford police said they had several incidents of tree branches down on roadways, but they were quickly cleared.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Hartford and Tolland counties until 7:15p.m. tonight.  A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 5:45 p.m. for Fairfield County.

Storms are in the forecast throughout late afternoon and evening on Sunday.

There is a potential for severe storms, according to NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Monica Cryan. Rain is expected to last until Monday and the storms could bring gusty winds and flooding, she said.

Check our interactive radar to track the possible storms and download our weather app for the latest updates.

Tune in throughout the evening for the latest forecast.


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<![CDATA[Thunderstorm Warning Expires for Litchfield County]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:25:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/severe+thunderstorm+aug+27.png

A severe thunderstorm warning issued Wednesday for central Litchfield County expired at 7:45 p.m.

Storms moved into the northwest corner of the state from central Massachusetts, bringing heavy rain, lots of lightning and the potential for damaging winds.

The storm is heading eastbound and should leave the state within the next couple of hours.

We'll see clear skies again tomorrow.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Washes Out Parts of State]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:31:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Branford+Dunkin+Donuts+Rain.jpg

Skies have begun to clear, but rain fell hard and fast across much of the state earlier today, dumping more than 5 inches over Norwalk and surrounding towns, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Flash flood warnings were issued for northwestern Tolland County and northern Hartford County until 5:30 p.m. and a flash flood watch remains in effect for Windham County until 8 p.m.

Rain fell at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour in southeastern Connecticut this morning, then moved north toward the Massachusetts border. Field said most of the precipitation is over for us, but we could see a few more localized rain or thunder showers coming in from the west. 

Heavy rainfall flooded streets along the shoreline, washing out First Avenue in West Haven, Beach Avenue in Milford and the Madison Golf Club, among others. Some areas of the state saw more than a month's worth of rain in just a few short hours.

Towns that haven't seen flooding at this point are no longer at risk, Field said.

Long Island was hit the hardest, receiving a record 13.88 inches of rain that had many neighborhoods underwater, according to Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Local fire officials said the drainage system is designed to handle 5 inches of rain over 24 hours and was completely overloaded. Some residents said their homes flooded for the first time today.

The weather caused travel problems in parts of the state. John Harrington, a Cromwell resident who followed Interstate 91 into Enfield at the height of the storm, said he saw a number of cars hydroplane on the highway. Visibility and road conditions were poor.

Bradley International Airport also reported flight delays Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service reminds motorists to avoid roads covered with water because they may be deeper than expected.

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<![CDATA[Flash Flood, Coastal Flooding Watches Issued ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CTRadar+Wednesday+1130812.jpg

A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire state for Tuesday night and Wednesday  as the threat presents for a chance of evening showers, with periods of heavier rain late tonight and on Wednesday.

Occasional thunderstorms are possible as well and there is a low threat for severe storms.
Coastal flood advisories have also been issued for Long Island Sound, west of New Haven on for tonight.

Check the interactive radar to see how the rain will affect your commute.

Flooding will be mainly isolated and minor, but pockets of more significant flooding are possible around any storms

The weather will improve by Wednesday evening.


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<![CDATA[Your Supermoon Photos]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:00:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/supermoon+Greg+Cartier.jpg Viewer supermoon photos from the weekend of August 9, 2014.

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<![CDATA[RAW VIDEO: Hurricane Iselle Drenches Hawaii, Pounds Hilo]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007804517_1200x675_316590147709.jpg The rain and wind started to drench parts of the Big Island on Friday. The tropical storm took down trees and caused store signs to blow with the torrential gusts.]]> <![CDATA[Storms Drop Hail in Parts of Northern Connecticut]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:48:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stafford+back+yard+hail_1200.jpg

Thunderstorms dropped large hail in parts of Tolland and Windham counties as they moved southeast from Massachusetts early Thursday evening.

Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for northeastern Tolland and northwestern Windham counties expired at 5:15 p.m.

The storm was concentrated around Stafford, Union and Woodstock and moved down into Connecticut near Interstate 84.

Damaging hail was the primary concern, and the storm did indeed leave hail in its wake. The storms are expected to move out by sunset, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

When you see severe weather, send your storm photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Down Trees, Wires in Fairfield County]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:34:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/8+6+CTRADARWARNINGS.jpg

Thunderstorms brought down trees and wires as they moved through parts of Fairfield County this evening, leaving thousands without power in Ridgefield and Norwalk.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 5:45 p.m. as a storm cell moved southeast across the New York border.

According to Norwalk police and The Ridgefield Press, fallen trees and downed wires led to significant power outages in the area.

At one point, Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 1,500 outages in Ridgefield and 1,400 in Norwalk.

Metro-North's Danbury Branch replaced one train with a shuttle bus Wednesday evening while crews worked to clear fallen trees from the tracks in Wilton, according to an email alert from the railroad.

The storms have now passed and we should see clear skies tonight, with temperatures in the upper 50s.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Falling in Parts of State]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:08:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CTRADAR+august+1+315.jpg

Heavy rain is falling in parts of the state at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour.

The National Weather Service expired a flash flood warning issued for Tolland County shortly before 5:30 p.m. Flood advisories issued for areas of the state have also expired.

The rain will continue this weekend, with periods of rain on Saturday and leftover showers on Sunday. 

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<![CDATA[Damage from Sunday Storms]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crescent+beach+drive+in+enfield.jpg Images from a tornado that touched down in Wolcott and storms that moved into northern Connecticut on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storm Caused Damage in Enfield ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:50:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crescent+beach+drive+in+enfield.jpg

A series of severe storms moved through parts of the state on Sunday evening, just hours after a confirmed tornado touched down in Wolcott and caused significant damage in Enfield.

The storms came down from Massachusetts and moved into Enfield, Suffield and then headed southeast around 7 p.m.

In Enfield, a microburst caused damage on Taylor Road, according to police, and brought down branches and wires. 

A tree also came down onto a home on Crescent Beach Drive and the house has been deemed uninhabitable.

Lightning struck a home on Prospect Avenue, causing a fire.

The storms brought heavy wind and hail to the eastern part of the state. Hail was reported in Ellington and Vernon.

Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 9,300 customers without power during the height of the storms.

Connecticut could see another round of severe weather on Monday. 

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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Rain, Lightning to Parts of State]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/4ef64b91987749f3a2b3945b072d388c.jpg

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday night as storms moved in from the west, bringing rain, gusty winds and lots of lightning.

Although all severe weather alerts have since been canceled and storms are decaying, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Lightning strikes were frequent and winds reached up to 40 mph in parts of western and central Connecticut.

Hail was reported in Litchfield County, and Connecticut Light & Power was reporting nearly 650 outages in Newtown, about 360 in Canaan and 230 in Southbury as of about 10:30 p.m.

To get the latest forecast, download the NBC Connecticut weather app.

Hot and humid weather prompted Bloomfield to open cooling centers on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Flooding to Western, Central Connecticut]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:03:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nh+flooding+damage.JPG

Heavy rain from thunderstorms brought flooding to parts of western and central Connecticut, and flash flood warnings issued for Middlesex and New Haven counties were extended until 12:30 a.m.

Flash flood watches are also in effect for parts of the state as heavy rain moves in from the west. Shortly after 10 p.m., the National Weather Service canceled a flash flood warning for Fairfield County.

More than 2 inches of rain has already fallen in southern Fairfield County and more is on the way, according to Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Widespread flooding has also been reported in Westport, particularly around Bridge Street and Compo Road, Imperial Avenue and Main and Canal streets, where flooding is common, according to police.

Stamford police said Elm Street and South State Street are flooded in the city. Firefighters said at least one car has been stranded in high waters near the Interstate 95 overpass on Elm Street. They're cautioning drivers to avoid East Main Street, which is also prone to flooding.

The New Haven Fire Department tweeted that a car is stuck in flood waters at River and Poplar streets, and that the department has received multiple calls for flooded buildings and streets.

I-95 is flooded near exit 45 in New Haven, and flood waters damaged Union Avenue right outside the train station.

The Fairfield Police Department also took to Twitter to report downed wires on Round Hill Road, which is closed between Papermill and Barlow roads after storms swept through.

Severe thunderstorm watches for southwestern Connecticut expired at 8 p.m. but strong storms are expected to return again tomorow, and a First Alert Weather Day has been declared for Tuesday.

Periods of very heavy rain are possible tonight, and thunderstorms will likely bring vivid and dangerous lightning, torrential rain and damaging winds to the state Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

Parts of the state could receive up to 5 inches of rain by Wednesday.

Flash flood watches are in effect for Hartford, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, Litchfield and Fairfield counties until late Tuesday night.

Watches issued for Tolland and Windham counties will last through Wednesday afternoon.

We'll see some relief from the storms when drier arrives by Wednesday night.
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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Moving Out]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/storms+move+out+weds.png

The last of Wednesday night's thunderstorms is moving out and once again leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake, and lightning even sparked a shed fire in Shelton.

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches issued for the western and central parts of the state expired by 10 p.m. as storms weakened and moved to the north.

But the storms made their mark. Trees and limbs are down around in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties.

Ridgefield Road in Wilton and West Prospect Street in New Haven are blocked off while crews work to clear fallen trees. A tree also blocked off Toddy Road in Sandy Hook earlier tonight.

More than 1,100 homes are without power in Cornwall, according to the Connecticut Light & Power outage map.

A shed on High Ridge Road in Shelton caught fire after being struck by lightning, and a neighbor was reportedly shocked while holding onto a metal garage railing.

It's the third night in a series of severe storms that brought down trees and power lines in western Connecticut earlier this week.

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Watches Issued]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:36:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/783CTRADARWARNINGS.jpg

Severe thunderstorm warnings were  issued for northern Fairfield County until 11:15 p.m. and Litchfield County until 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

Severe thunderstorm watches were in effect for Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Tolland and Litchfield counties until midnight.

A strong line of storms moved west toward Connecticut, accompanied by high temperatures and thick humidity.

The storms were capable of producing damaging winds of up to 60 mph, but were expected to weaken as they moved into the state, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Field.

Storms arrived at the western border just before 10:30 p.m. and were expected to reach the Hartford area by about 11 p.m. Skies will begin to clear toward daybreak, Field said.

We could see a pop-up shower tomorrow afternoon, then the humidity will drop and the rest of the week will be beautiful.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Hurricane Arthur Hits East Coast]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:46:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/AP765512733785.jpg Hurricane Arthur is expected to put a severe damper on the much anticipated July 4th weekend celebrations up and down the east coast. See photos of the preparation and aftermath.

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<![CDATA[First Alert Weather Day]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:53:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FIRST+ALERT+WEATHER+DAY+GENERICFB1200.jpg

When severe weather threatens your town, we'll trigger a First Alert Weather Day to give you advanced warning and be prepared.

Tune in on air, online, through our weather app, on Facebook and Twitter for the most accurate and up-to-date conditions to help you stay safe.

We will trigger a first alert weather day when severe weather is likely to hit our state.

We will also issue them when your safety is in question and in situations when weather is expected to reach extreme levels in terms of heat, rain, wind, cold, snow, etc.

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<![CDATA[House Struck by Lightning in Warren]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SD-Fire-Engine-Generic.jpg

Emergency officials are responding to a home on Angevine Road in Warren after it was reportedly struck by lightning as intense storms moved through the state Wednesday afternoon.

It's not clear if anyone was inside the house when it happened.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Litchfield County until 5 p.m. Wednesday and the area remains under a flash flood warning until 9 p.m.

No additional information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Your July Storm Photos]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:41:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/9eac1d499aab440d844184e4ca5a7369.jpg Severe weather is moving through Connecticut today and viewers have been sending in photos. You can send your to pics to us.]]> <![CDATA[Thunderstorms Move Through State]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lightning+david+scales+southington.jpg

Severe thunderstorms moving through Connecticut brought down trees and wires in several Litchfield County towns and caused a lightning strike at a home in Warren, according to emergency officials.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Fairfield counties Wednesdayevening but have since expired.

Litchfield remained under a flash flood warning until 9:45 p.m., and severe thunderstorm watches were in effect statewide until 9 p.m. Flood advisories were also in effect around the state.

Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, thunderstorms pummeled parts of the state with heavy rain, vivid lightning and strong, gusty winds of up to 60 mph.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported across Litchfield County and New York, some of which struck trees and even houses, like in Warren.

Police said a tree came down on Route 189 in Granby while the storm was moving through, falling onto overhead wires and causing more than 700 power outages in the neighborhood. The road was closed for about an hour while crews responded to the scene.

Emergency officials have also reported trees and wires down in Enfield, Winsted, Sharon, Torrington and Barkhamsted due to strong winds and stormy conditions.

Water in the roadway caused a hole to form in the pavement on Main Street in Torrington, which firefighters say has happened before. According to fire officials, rushing water from heavy rain may have popped off a manhole cover.

Residents were advised to stay indoors and away from windows at the height of the storm.

We're also tracking Tropical Storm Arthur, which is moving up the East Coast and could contribute to heavy rain here in Connecticut on Thursday and the Fourth of July.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Arthur was just below hurricane strength. It's expected to become a category 1 hurricane sometime Wednesday night.

Today's severe weather and the threat of more rain have prompted several towns to postpone fireworks displays.

Fortunately, rain is expected to move out as the day progresses on Friday, leaving the second part of the holiday weekend dominated by nice weather.

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