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**WIND CHILL WARNING UNTIL 1PM SUNDAY**

Tonight:  Dangerous cold.  Winds gusting over 30mph.  Lows -6 at the shore to -13 hills. Wind chill -20 to -30.

Sunday: Sunny, but breezy and bitterly cold. Wind chills 30 below zero in the morning. Highs in the teens and single digits.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, chance for snow developing afternoon and evening. Highs in the 20s inland but 30s along the shoreline.

Tuesday: Rain. Highs in the 40s.

Wednesday: Blend of clouds and sun. Highs in the 40s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs near 30.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Highs in the mid 40s.

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<![CDATA[Download the NBC Connecticut Weather App]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NBCCTWEATHERAPP043013.jpg

 

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<![CDATA[How to Get Your Car Ready for Bitter Cold]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:06:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/driver-generic-01.jpg

A bitter blast of cold air is moving into Connecticut this weekend, with temperatures expected to dip to zero, but feel much colder, and that could spell trouble for your vehicle.

John DeSimone, owner of Modern Tire in West Hartford, said it is important to take preventative measures now to prevent a headache later.

"You have to be more aware of your car, treat it more like it is an investment, but it is also a casket on wheels if you do not take care of it,” DeSimone said.

DeSimone recommends having your battery checked. Typically batteries last 3 to 5 years. They are one of the prime culprits for causing drivers problems during cold weather.

He also recommends having your serpentine belt checked. If it is cracked or stretched, it could also prevent your car from starting.

It is also good to put a winter blend of windshield wiper fluid in, make sure you have decent traction on your tires and repeatedly check your tire pressure because it fluctuates in the cold and could go flat.

“You cannot push the limit. It is winter time. It is bad enough that you need tires, but if you do not have an all-season tire or a snow tire in this kind of weather, it is kind of hard to drive,” DeSimone said.

It is a lesson drivers like Brian Waddell, of West Hartford, know all too well.
   
“I came back to a flat tire and I had to drive it down here and manually do it on a Monday morning. It was great, but those are the things that if you are checking your air pressure the right way, you could have avoided, I guess,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Brutal Cold Moving Into Connecticut Today]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:01:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DangerousCold.gif

The coldest blast of Arctic air this season is moving in to Connecticut today and will last through Sunday, when temperatures will plunge below zero and wind chills will be near 30 below zero.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for the entire state Saturday night and Sunday morning.

A few flurries moved through Saturday morning, marking the arrival of the bitter cold.

Anyone with plans on Saturday evening should prepare for wind chills approaching 30 below zero.

Temperatures were in the single digits and teens on Saturday morning and only rose into the teens this afternoon. A gusty north wind will make it feel like 0 degrees during the day.

Sunday morning will be the coldest of this stretch by far, with actual air temperatures falling into the double-digits below zero in the hills. Wind chills will continue to be near 30 below zero.

The gusty north wind continues on Sunday, so even though temperatures rise into the teens, it will feel more like 0 degrees.
It's not all bad news for Valentine's Day. Unlimited sunshine will make for a very bright day!

It's been exceptionally difficult to set record low temperatures in recent years, but they are a possibility on Sunday.
In the Hartford area, the record low is -9 set in 1979 and the record low max is 11 in 1979.

In the Bridgeport area, the record low is 3 set in 2015 and the record low max is 18 in 1979.

Monday should be dry, but a storm will be on Connecticut's doorstep come Tuesday.

Unfortunately for people and businesses that depend on snow, this storm doesn't look like a classic Nor'easter.

Snow will likely change to sleet and plain rain as temperatures rise into the 40s on Tuesday.

Temperatures will remain in the 40s on Wednesday with a blend of clouds and sunshine.
 


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<![CDATA[East Windsor, Enfield and Somers Schools Dismiss Early ]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:38:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-91869581-schoolbus.jpg

Several schools opened late on Wednesday morning, while some schools dismissed early, including East Windsor public schools, Enfield public schools and Somers public schools.

East Windsor High School dismissed at 11:55 a.m. due to inclement weather.

East Windsor Middle School dismissed at 12:45 p.m., Broad Brook Elementary School dismissed at 1:30 p.m. and all after school activities have been cancelled.

All Enfield public schools also dismissed early.

"The decision is always based on the safety of our students and staff," Supt. Jeff Schumann said. "Today the trip in was slowed due to the weather conditions. We dismiss our last school, a pre-school at 3:30. We thought, if the trip home was slowed as the trip in was this morning those students and our buses would be on the road during rush hour and, by dismissing early, we could avoid that"

Afternoon preschool classes have been cancelled, as well as after school activities, park & recreation and Enfield adult education classes. Enfield Child Development Center and ERfC School Age Centers will remain open. 

Head Start, both regular and extended day dismissed at 10:55 a.m.; morning kindergarten dismissed at 11:10 a.m.

The high schools dismissed at 12:20 p.m.; middle schools dismissed at 12:55 p.m.; intermediate schools, for grades 3 through 5, dismissed at 1:30 p.m.; the primary schools, for grades K through 2,  dismissed at 1:50 p.m.; and Stowe Early Learning Center dismissed at 2 p.m. 

Somers public schools dismissed students early as well. 

Pre-K students were dismissed at 10:35 a.m., while Somers High School and Mabelle B. Avery Middle School dismissed at 11 a.m. and Somers Elementary School dismissed at noon.   

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<![CDATA[Snow Leads to Crashes, Some School Delays]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:18:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ForecastSnowCT.jpg1.png

Some schools started late on Thursday morning as some snow coated parts of Connecticut and there were several crashes on the roads.

Police responded to several crashes in Lebanon. One is on Waterman Road and there was a multivehicle crash at Clubhouse and Oliver Road. No injuries are reported.

There were also crashes on the on- and off-ramps on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in New Haven and Orange and there was a rollover on Saunders Hollow in Old Lyme.

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for updates.

Schools were delayed for two hours in Waterbury and Regional School District 14 and 90 minutes in Watertown. 

In addition to snow this morning, there is enhanced risk for snow early in the afternoon.

Not everyone will see snow, but a coating to 2 inches of snow are possible in the cities and towns that get in on a snow shower.

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High temperatures will only be in the 20s, so slippery roads are expected once again where the snow falls.

Finally, a day with no new snow arrives on Friday. Skies will feature a blend of more clouds than sunshine with highs only in the 20s.

The weekend looks mainly dry, save for a few snow showers Saturday morning, so the big story will be major cold.

With lots of clouds temperatures will only be in the teens Saturday, but plunge into the single digits below zero on Sunday morning.

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With a gusty north wind, wind chills will be near 30 below zero Sunday morning. Air temperatures will peak in the teens by the afternoon, which is still on the cold side for Valentine's Day.

It's been exceptionally difficult to set record low temperatures in recent years, but they are a possibility Sunday.

In the Hartford area, the record low is -9 set in 1979 and the record low max is 11 in 1979.

In the Bridgeport area, the record low is 3 set in 2015 and the record low max is 18 in 1979.

It looks dry to begin the new work week on Monday with temperatures back near freezing but a storm could bring a wintry mix on Tuesday.


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<![CDATA[Several Schools Delay Opening Due to Snow]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:49:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ForecastSnowCT.jpg.png

Several schools opened late on Wednesday morning, while East Windsor Public Schools are dismissing early because of snowy weather.

Delays ranged from an hour-and-a-half to two hours.

There  have were several issues on the roads and police were busy responding to crashes and spin-outs on Route 8 in Beacon Falls and Derby, as well as on Amity Road in Bethany, among others. 

Route 20 in Windsor Locks was temporarily closed as crews worked on a tractor-trailer than flipped over and police in Willimantic put out the warning for drivers to take their time because of slippery roads.

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for traffic updates through the morning.

East Windsor High School is dismissing at 11:55 a.m., East Windsor Middle School is dismissing at 12:45 p.m. and Broad Brook Elementary School is dismissing at 1:30 p.m. and all after school activities have been cancelled

A coating to 2 inches of snow is expected by Wednesday afternoon.

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The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood advisory for Fairfield County but the rest of Connecticut doesn't have any weather alerts.

Snow showers are in the forecast for Thursday as a blast of arctic air moves in. Temperatures will peak in the 20s but fall through the afternoon.

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It should be a nice close to the work week on Friday, with temperatures in the 20s, but that doesn't foreshadow what's in the pipes for this weekend.

The coldest air so far this season and perhaps of the entire winter will arrive on Saturday.

Flurries are possible Saturday morning, with temperatures only rising into the teens.

Morning lows will be below zero Sunday and Monday mornings. With a gusty wind, it will feel like 30 below zero Sunday morning.

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Both Sunday and Monday appear dry, with lots of sun Sunday and a blend of clouds and sun on Monday.


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<![CDATA[Day Starts With School Delays, Slick Spots on Roads]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:08:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Middletown+snow+1200.jpg

Several schools delayed opening Tuesday morning as roads remained slick after the storm on Monday.

There are more than 350 school delays across Connecticut and North Stonington, Stonington and Thompson are just a handful of schools districts that have decided to give their students a late start to give plows a chance to clear the roads and sidewalks.

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The delays come after nearly 670 schools were closed or had early dismissals on Monday.

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There have been several crashes this morning, including a crash involving a van and a plow truck on Grand Avenue in New Haven, between State Street and Interstate 91.

There have been some crashes and spinouts on Interstate 91 in Hartford. 

Follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for updates through the morning commute.

There can be some flurries today, but it looks quite tranquil overall, with temperatures in the 30s.

Tomorrow is a different story, with more accumulating snow expected.



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<![CDATA[Light Snow Continues This Morning]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/64bf6156fc694367a3229c8890b30786.jpg

Some schools are delayed in the eastern part of Connecticut as light snow continues to fall across the state Tuesday morning.  North Stonington, Stonington, and Thompson are a handful of schools districts that have decided to give their students a late start to give plows a chance to clear the roads and sidewalks.

Hundreds of schools were closed as snow fell in across Connecticut on Monday.

By midnight, 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected in far western areas, 3 to 5 inches in central Connecticut and 5 to 8 inches in eastern third of the state.

Most of the winter storm warnings have been dropped in favor of the lesser winter weather advisory.

Nearly 670 schools were closed or have early dismissals and UConn canceled classes for Monday at the Storrs, Avery Point and Greater Hartford campuses, as well as the School of Law. Online classes at UConn, however, will proceed as scheduled and UConn Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury are operating on a normal schedule. Connecticut Central State University in New Britain is closed. 

New Britain schools stayed open for a half day and the superintendent called for an early dismissal to get students home before the worst of the snow settles in. The high school will dismiss at 12:05 p.m., the middle schools will dismiss at 12:35 p.m. and the elementary school buildings will release at 1:20 p.m. All afternoon and evening activities have been canceled. The high school will have 50 buses lining the front and back of the building waiting to pick students up, so parents picking their kids up are urged to arrive early. 

Several other schools have early dismissals. You can see the full list of closings and early dismissals on our storm closings webpage

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Many towns have parking bans Monday, including but not limited to Bristol, Plainfield, Rocky Hill, Bloomfield and Willimantic. You can check to see if your town has a parking ban on your municipality's website and many of them post them to our closings page.

Milford will have alternate side of the street parking bans so snow plows can clear the roads, starting at noon on the even side and going until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Then, cars should be moved to the odd side of the street through 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Parking is banned on the odd side of all city streets in Norwich so plows can get through. 

Power company crews worked around the clock through the weekend to restore residual outages from Friday's storm, but high wind gusts have knocked down trees and wires, causing more than 1,000 power outages on Monday. 

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Tomorrow will be mostly dry but mostly cloudy, with highs near freezing. A period of snow is expected late at night.

There can be morning flurries on Wednesday, but overall it looks quite tranquil. Temperatures will be in the 30s.

A volatile day is on tap for Thursday, with snow squalls and wind. Temperatures will peak near freezing but fall during the day.

It should be a nice close to the work week on Friday with temperatures in the 20s, but that doesn't foreshadow what's in the pipes for this weekend.

The coldest air so far this season and perhaps of the entire winter will arrive on Saturday.

A period of morning snow is possible Saturday morning, with temperatures only rising into the teens.

Morning lows will be below zero Sunday and Monday mornings.

Both Sunday and Monday appear dry with a mixture of sunshine and clouds.


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<![CDATA[Snow Totals for Feb. 5]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:41:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milford+snow.jpg

The snow is still coming down, so these numbers are going to grow.

Here’s what we’ve gotten so far:

Fairfield County

  • New Fairfield: 5.0 inches

Hartford County

  • Berlin: 12.0 inches
  • Farmington: 9.0 inches
  • West Hartford: 8.0 inches

Litchfield County

  • Thomaston: 4.0 inches
  • North Canaan: 3.3 inches
  • Litchfield: 3.0 inches
  • Winchester Center: 2.0 inchs

Middlesex County

  • Middletown: 7.3 inches
  • Westbrook: 5 inches

New Haven County

  • North Haven: 8 inches
  • Prospect: 9 inches

New London County

  • Lisbon: 5.5 inches

Tolland County

  • Coventry: 10.5 inches
  • Stafford Springs: 10.0 inches
  • Willington: 10 inches
  • Staffordville: 9.5 inches

Windham County

  • Sterling: 8.0 inches
  • Ashford: 7.7 inches
  • Putnum: 7.5 inches
  • Pomfret: 6.0 inches



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<![CDATA[Your February Snow Photos]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:59:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*284/d13f7bad748541bd9668536878eb566b.jpg The snow is falling and we want your photos. Send them to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com

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<![CDATA[Snow Closes Schools, Knocks Out Power]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Britain+snow+Feb+5+2016+.jpg

Power was out for thousands of homes and businesses and hundreds of schools were closed on Friday as Connecticut dealt the first snowstorm of February.

The snow was causing problems on the roads since this morning and there were too many crashes to list. One lingering issue is on Interstate 84 in Union, which was closed because several tractor-trailers had gotten stuck

While hundreds of schools closed, Newington schools did open. The decision is getting mixed reviews from parents and the superintendent defended the decision, saying the roads are fine and the students are safe. 

Snowfall projections increased from Thursday night into Friday morning, from around 2 inches in Winchester to a foot in Berlin. See the full list and see how much towns in each county got.  

Officials from the Hartford Fire Department said they had responded to several calls for power lines and tree limbs coming down because of the weight of the snow. The city has issued a parking ban from 6 p.m. on Thursday to 9 a.m. on Saturday.

AAA had been responding to several crashes in the greater Hartford area. Several of those calls had been for cars that have slipped off the road. 

Bradley International Airport is open and crews were removing snow, but there were some delays and cancellations, according to the Connecticut Airport Authority.

Gov. Dannel Malloy partially activated the state's emergency operations center at midnight before the storm started. EOC will help monitor storm conditions across the state and prepare for winter weather that could be impactful.

"We are monitoring this winter weather diligently, and because of the timing of this storm, I am calling for the partial activation of the state Emergency Operations Center at midnight tonight to better coordinate rapid response to any problems that may arise during Friday morning's commute," Malloy said on Thursday. "Different areas of the state are currently forecast to see different levels of snowfall. I am asking motorists to exercise caution and give themselves extra time to get to their destination."

A winter storm warning is in effect for every county except Litchfield County.

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The snow should pull out of the region midday and some sunshine will be visible in the afternoon.

The weekend looks dry with a blend of clouds and sunshine, with temperatures in the 40s, before another threat for snow on Tuesday.

Stay with the First Alert weather team throughout this snowstorm. Download the NBC Connecticut app to get the latest on the forecast on your phone. 



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<![CDATA[Warm Weather Poses Challenge for Ice Fishing]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:55:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/No+ice+1200.jpg

Kicking off February with temperatures in the 50s and 60s has been less than ideal for people itching for winter weather, especially for those who count on freezing conditions during the winter season.

“It’s pretty much terrible for ice fishing,” Fran Fournier, a Berlin resident itching to get out on the ice, said.

And Connecticut Outfitters in Wethersfield is feeling the impact. The sport shop that specializes in fishing gear typically amps up in the winter, helping people prepare for ice fishing trips and tournaments.

“Purchases of ice fishing gear are down, and bait is down a little bit as well,” Gary Brummett, the owner of the store, said.

Temperatures have been so warm that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection had had to cancel several fishing tournaments and other outdoor cold weather events. And those who refuse to let the weather bring them down, have to head elsewhere.

“A lot of our anglers are very hardcore very serious and they’re willing to travel,” Brummett said. “My customers are heading north to still get on ice.”

Another place you won’t be getting on the ice is in Ansonia.

“We have to postpone our skating rink. We were gonna open up today, but with the unseasonable temperatures that we have outside being so high, the water did not freeze, so we postponed it until the 10th of February,” Mayor David Cassetti said.

The highly anticipated portable rink takes at least 15,000 gallons of water to create a safe skating surface. But, despite the warm start to winter, Brummett isn’t giving up yet. “You know what? It’s New England. It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.”

Another concern with the warm temperatures is the safety of any ice you might think about getting on.

While it might look frozen, any melting and refreezing of the ice compromises its durability and can be extremely dangerous.



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<![CDATA[Rain Continues Into Tonight]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:56:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT%281%29.png

The first storm to impact Connecticut this February will be 100 percent rain and it will be heavy at times, so NBC Connecticut has declared today a First Alert Weather Day.

The rain will continue to be heavy at times this evening before tapering to showers after midnight.

There can be a lingering shower tomorrow morning, but overall the day will feature a blend of clouds and sunshine. Highs will be well into the 50s!

Accumulating snow is expected in eastern Connecticut Friday morning. For more on the snow,

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Saturday and Sunday will see a mix of sun and clouds, but don't get settled with the quiet weather.

The First Alert weather team is watching the potential for a storm early next week.

A clipper will dive southeast and blossom into a coastal storm if the moving parts align just right. Tuesday looks like the day with snow.


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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Tomorrow]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:43:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Twitter+Movie.png

The first storm to impact Connecticut this February will be 100 percent rain.

The morning commute tomorrow will be gray, but rain of consequence won't arrive until after the commute is over.

The rain will fall heavy at times in the afternoon and evening, and it's likely that some locations pick up an inch of liquid. Temperatures will be in the 50s.

Thursday features dry weather but even behind the cold front, temperatures will still be near 50.

A pair of beautiful days is lined up to close the week on Friday and Saturday, with abundant sunshine. Temperatures will continue to flirt with 40 degrees.

Sunday will see a mix of sun and clouds, but don't get settled with the quiet weather.

Early next week the First Alert weather team is watching the potential for a storm. Not much is known but pay attention to the forecast for early next week.

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<![CDATA[Warmth Leads Into Wednesday Rainstorm]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:02:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+GFS+MSLP+Precip+Clouds+Floater%282%29.png

Unseasonably warm weather is here for this whole work week, though it will turn cooler by this weekend.

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Tomorrow is a brighter day, with temperatures well into the 40s.

Rain moves in Wednesday morning after the morning commute and falls heavily in the afternoon.

Highs on Wednesday will be in the 50s.

Some sunshine returns Thursday as temperatures once again climb well into the 40s.

Friday will lots of sunshine with highs near 40.

An Arctic front will slice into northern New England on Sunday, but wash out somewhat before reaching Connecticut.

Still, it will be mainly cloudy with a breeze and a few flurries to close out the weekend.


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<![CDATA[Isolated Slick Spots Monday Morning]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:09:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/windsor+locks+crash+1200.jpg

Monday morning is starting off with fair skies and mild temperatures for the most part, with some isolated slick spots on the roads and scattered showers later on.

There's a little bit of fog that could cause some visibility issues and temperatures around freezing in parts of the state like Danbury, Willimantic, Westport and Meriden could create some icy patches on the roads in those areas. 

Willimantic police are warning drivers to be cautious because of icy patches on the roadways there.

To the west of us, there's a line of rain shower activity that will likely fizzle as it gets closer to Connecticut. There could be showers close to lunchtime and another sprinkle is possible around dinnertime and the evening commute. Any rain is not expected to be significant.



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<![CDATA[Warming Trend in Connecticut This Week]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:22:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/paddling+peacocks+1200.jpg

Connecticut will likely experience a warming trend this week. 

Temperatures were mild for the Penguin Plunge at Winding Trails in Farmington on Sunday as it closes in on 40 degrees outside. It could read 45 to 50 degrees later in the day.

Groundhog Day on Tuesday is looking sunny and in the high 40s. 

We could see some clouding that could dim the sunshine, but it will be very thin

The warmth may peak with the jet stream at about 55 degrees on Wednesday, dropping off to high 30s by Friday and Saturday. 

Wednesday will be windy and we could see some storming next week. 

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<![CDATA[February Thaw Expected, Temperatures to Soar]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:45:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+GFS+MSLP+Precip+Clouds+Temps%281%29.png

Temperatures will soar into the 50s for several days on end starting Sunday, and no major snowstorms are in the extended forecast.

A few snow showers moved through the state today and put down a dusting on some grassy surfaces, including in New Milford.

Most of the snow fell between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This weekend will be great for snow sports at the local ski areas.

Saturday features a mix of sunshine and clouds with temperatures near 40.

Sunday will be warmer, near 50 degrees, with a blend of sunshine and clouds.

There can be a shower on Monday, with temperatures in the lower 50s.

The weather drys out on Tuesday with clouds and sunshine mixed. Highs will be near 50.

A wind-driven rain storm arrives Wednesday, especially in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures are expected to be well into the 50s.

Dry weather returns again on Thursday when it will be cooler, in the lower and middle 40s.


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<![CDATA[Light Snow Showers in Western Connecticut]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:13:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Milford.+snow+1200.jpg

Some light snow has started falling in Western Connecticut.

The snow falling in Litchfield and Fairfield counties is not expected to cause slick driving conditions.

Snow is coming down in New Milford, along Route 7 in Kent and into Cornwall and Washington Depot will soon be getting snow.

The snow, which will be moving east over the next couple of hours.  is not expected to accumulate but could leave a coating.

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After today, the weekend looks quite nice, as both days feature a mix of sun and clouds.

High temperatures will be near 40 degrees on Saturday, but soar to near 50 on Sunday.

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Monday could be even warmer, with temperatures into the 50s!

This forecast looks more like spring than the start of February. Average temperatures in the Hartford area currently sit at 35 for the high and 18 for the low.

There are indications that the pattern shifts a bit late next week to become colder and perhaps promote storminess along the East Coast.



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<![CDATA[January to Finish Slightly Warmer Than Average With Little Snow]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:22:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Almanac+BDL+Month+Jan%282%29.png

January is expected to go into the record books with an average temperature over 3 degrees above average.

That's not too exceptional, and would rank roughly 30th warmest on record in the Hartford area.

Only 1.9 inches of snow will be recorded for the month, unless tomorrow's snow showers surprise and accumulate at Bradley International.

One would think this month would be near the top of the least snowiest Januarys on record, but it's not. 1.9 inches of snow would make January 2016 the 13th least snowiest January in 112 years.

1980 takes the cake with only 0.2 inches of snow in January of that year.

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<![CDATA[Snow Showers Tomorrow, Then Warm-Up Next Week]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:50:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT11.png

While snow showers will dot the radar screen tomorrow, a major warm-up is expected next week.

A storm will remain offshore tomorrow, but a clipper system will transfer its energy to the ocean storm.

That means snow showers will be in the air tomorrow, especially in the northwest hill towns.

Temperatures will approach 40 degrees, so roads should remain wet.

This weekend looks quite nice, as both days feature a mix of sun and clouds.

High temperatures will be near 40 degrees Saturday, but soar to near 50 on Sunday.

Monday could be even warmer, with temperatures well into the 50s!

By the middle part of next week, a rainstorm is likely as the storm center tracks well to our west. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s.

This forecast looks more like spring than the start of February. Average temperatures in the Hartford area currently sit at 35 for the high and 18 for the low.

There are indications that the pattern shifts a bit late next week to become colder and perhaps promote storminess along the East Coast.


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<![CDATA[Above Average Temperatures to Close January]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:10:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+58.png

Temperatures could touch 50 degrees this weekend as January comes to a close.

Tonight, temperatures will fall to seasonable levels in the upper teens and lower 20s.

Tomorrow looks like the pick of the rest of the week with lots of sunshine. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

An ocean storm misses New England on Saturday, but some energy transferring into the storm could sponsor some snow showers across the region. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s.

This weekend looks decent.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy as a clipper passes by to the north. There can be a snow shower in northern Connecticut, but most will stay dry as temperatures approach 40.

The pick of the weekend is Sunday! Mostly sunny skies are expected. Temperatures will soar to near 50 degrees!

The 50-degree weather sticks around to start the new month on Monday, though there can be some rain showers.

Temperatures will remain in the 40s on Tuesday, but the tranquil and warm weather won't last.

Read the First Alert weather team's thoughts regarding a pattern change after the first week of February.

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<![CDATA[Long Range: Pattern Favorable For A Storm End of Next Week]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:33:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+gfs.png

While it will be an unseasonably warm start to February, ensemble forecast systems are showing a pattern change at the end of the first week of the new month.

A ridge builds in the west while a trough forms over the eastern portion of the country.

This alone means below average temperatures and the potential for storms, but North Atlantic blocking is needed to keep the storms from simply scooting out to sea.

There is some blocking being modeled over the North Atlantic, but not a lot. Also, the blocking is farther from Greenland than it would be in an ideal setup.

Bottom line, even though it warms up and turns quiet to close the month of January and begin February, it won't last.

The potential exists for an East Coast storm as the first week of February ends and the second week of the new month begins. More probable is that it will turn colder as well.


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<![CDATA[Tranquil, Unseasonably Warm To Close Month]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:04:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CZpy8vJUMAE5BJR.png+large.png

Tonight will be cloudy with scattered showers as temperatures remain in the 30s.

With colder air moving in aloft tomorrow, there will be more clouds than sunshine. In these situations during the winter months, a flurry can sneak into the hill towns.

Still, highs will be near 40 degrees.

Thursday looks like the pick of the rest of the work week. Lots of sunshine is expected, though temperatures will be lower, in the middle and upper 30s.

The average high this time of year is in the middle 30s, and the average low is in the upper teens.

By Friday, an ocean storm will be moving north off the East Coast but it looks like it will remain well out to sea.

Still, snow showers are possible as a clipper system transfers its energy to the storm over the ocean.

In this scenario, it looks like temperatures will be above freezing. So, even if snow flakes are in the air, accumulations are unlikely.

Over the weekend, the upper-level pattern is what meteorologists call "zonal" – or not very exciting.

Lots of clouds can be expected with a stationary boundary nearby, and yet another clipper could bring rain and snow showers. The timing on that clipper appears to be either Saturday or Saturday night.

An early look at the start of February shows above average temperatures. However, early indications for late in the first week and early in the second week of February show the potential for storminess along the East Coast.

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<![CDATA[Several Spinouts on I-91 in Windsor]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:04:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Spinouts+in+Windsor+1200.jpg

There have been several crashes and spinouts through the Hartford area on Tuesday morning, including in the Windsor on Interstate 91 North. 

There are also delays on I-91 South in New Haven to Interstate 95 after a box truck crashed. 

We have fair skies for the first part of Tuesday and showers are possible during the evening commute.

There's no wind and while it's dark you'll have a nice view of the stars and plantets, according to NBC Connecticut First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon. 

Temperatures range from the teens to as high as 41 in Groton and Stoningtion due to a mild breeze coming off the water on the southeastern shoreline. Colder air is settling into some valley locations in the state. It's about 26 and clear in Hartford. Danbury is at 16 degrees.

Clouds will start to form in the afternoon into the evening, with possible sprinkling and scattered showers later on for the evening drive. Temperatures are expected to rise as high as the mid-40s.

Cold air moves in, at least aloft, on Wednesday, and that could yield a flurry in the hills. Temperatures will reach the low 40s, probably earlier in the day.

Mostly sunny skies make another appearance Thursday before clouds move in Friday.

An offshore storm needs to be watched as the work week comes to a close.

Temperatures, especially the highs, remain above average throughout the week.



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<![CDATA[Few Showers Tomorrow, Late Week Storm Could Miss]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:06:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+GFS+MSLP+Precip+Clouds+Floater2.png

High pressure is in command of our weather through tonight and above average temperatures will dominate this week.

Temperatures will fall into the 20s tonight, so any melted snow will freeze up. A few icy spots on the roads are possible.

A cold front brings rain and snow showers tomorrow evening, with temperatures in the lower and middle 40s.

A blend of more clouds than sunshine will be the story Wednesday, with highs still near 40 degrees. There can be a flurry in the hills.

Thursday should shape up to be a very nice day though it will be the coldest one of the week. Highs will be in the 30s.

A coastal storm is on the maps for Friday, and of course the track is uncertain. Most indications keep the storm offshore, perhaps only glancing eastern New England.

The shear amount of time before the storm (four days) means that uncertainty is high and the storm needs to be watched.

After that, the weekend features an abundance of clouds with temperatures in the 40s.

The average high and low temperatures are now rising in the Hartford area. Sunset reaches 5 p.m. on Thursday!

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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to "Sheet of Ice" on I-84 West in Plainville]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:36:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Interstate+84+in+Plainville+1200.jpg

Crews from the state Department of Transportation responded to treat Interstate 84 West in Plainville after several spin-outs at the Route 72 merge.

The back-to-back crashes came as snow melts after a weekend storm

There were also at least five crashes on the Merritt Parkweay in Greenwich, between exits 27 and 28, on both the northbound and southbound sides of the road.

The Saturday storm mainly hit the shoreline, while other parts of the state, like northwestern Litchfield County, saw very little impact. 

Melting and refreezing will be the theme of this week, so use caution and watch for black ice in the mornings!

Today, we'll see sunshine mixed with clouds and highs will reach 35 to 40 degrees. 

New Haven received between 8 and 12 inches of snow and the roads are clear, but there it's possible there could be slick spots today, particularly in parking lots and on sidewalks, according to First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon. 

The range of snowfall totals in the state is vast. Some shoreline towns at the southwestern tip of Connecticut saw as much as 16, while northwestern towns, like Litchfield, saw no more than a half inch or perhaps no snow at all.

Mostly cloudy skies arrive on Tuesday ahead of a cold front and afternoon and evening rain and snow showers are possible with temperatures peaking near 40.

Cold air moves in, at least aloft, on Wednesday, and that could yield a flurry in the hills.

Temperatures will reach the low 40s earlier in the day and the weather will be mild. 

Mostly sunny skies make another appearance Thursday before clouds move in Friday.

An offshore storm needs to be watched as the workweek comes to a close.

Temperatures, especially the highs, remain above average throughout the week.



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<![CDATA[Melting Snow, Refreezing Could Cause Black Ice]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:09:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Guilford+snowfall+1200.jpg

Possible refreezing of melting snow on the roadways could make for a slick commute come Monday morning. 

Sunday was mostly sunny and breezy as residents and business owners worked to clean up from the season's first big winter storm. Drivers are reminded to clear snow completely from their vehicles before hitting the streets.

Temperatures rose above freezing in many spots, aiding in the melting of some snow.

Melting and refreezing will be the theme of this week. Use caution and watch for black ice in the mornings!

Monday features sun and high clouds with temperatures in the middle and upper 30s.

Mostly cloudy skies arrive Tuesday ahead of a cold front. Afternoon and evening rain and snow showers are possible with temperatures peaking near 40.

Cold air moves in, at least aloft, on Wednesday, and that could yield a flurry in the hills. Temperatures will reach the low 40s, probably earlier in the day.

Mostly sunny skies make another appearance Thursday before clouds move in Friday.

An offshore storm needs to be watched as the work week comes to a close.

Temperatures, especially the highs, remain above average throughout the week.



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<![CDATA[A Tale of Two Storms]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:37:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/87a7f570e6d1431b95f776c5dfad84ff.jpeg.jpg Your photos from the first winter storm of the season, January 23, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Declares Snow Emergency on Saturday Morning]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:07:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bridgeport+joseph+joe+ganim+1.jpg

The mayor of Bridgeport has declared a snow emergency for the city, beginning Saturday morning.

Mayor Joe Ganim has declared a snow emergency for the city, which will take effect at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

During the snow emergency, residents must move their cars off posted snow emergency streets.

Alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect as of midnight Friday for all other streets throughout the city so snow plow drivers can clear streets.

Odd side of the street parking is in effect for Saturday. On Sunday, it will be an even-side parking day and alternate side parking will be in effect until further notice.

A list of snow emergency streets can be found on the city’s website here
http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/89019/89753/95485/95497.aspx

No parking is allowed on snow emergency streets and vehicles left on snow emergency streets after the ban goes into effect will be subject to fines and towing.

Commercial and/or residential owners who push snow into the streets or do not clear snow on the sidewalks in front of their buildings are subject to a $100 fine.

“This is our first significant snowstorm of the current winter season, and we want to make sure everyone is safe and warm. The city of Bridgeport is ready to keep the roads clear and handle whatever emergencies arise,” Ganim said in a statement. “I want to encourage everyone who can to stay indoors and off the roadways. If you need to travel, please drive slowly and watch out for pedestrians. I also want to remind any pedestrians walking in the roadways due to non-shoveled sidewalks to please stay alert to on-coming traffic. I am also asking all property owners to please shovel the sidewalks around your homes and help clear snow around the fire hydrants to insure access for the fire department in the case of a fire.”

During the storm, residents can call the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center hotline at 203-579-3829 with any snow related emergencies.

Any residents who lose power can call the United Illuminating customer hotline at 800-722-5584.

Snow emergency parking areas are available throughout the City. A full list of parking areas can be found here
http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/89019/89753/95485/95501.aspx.

Parking in the school parking lots listed will be permitted, beginning this evening.



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<![CDATA[Eversource Says It Has Crews Ready to Respond to Outages]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:53:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Snow-Flurries-Generic.jpg

As Connecticut braces for a glancing blow from the blizzard bearing down on the mid-Atlantic, Eversource said the company is closing monitoring the storm’s path and will have crews and staff ready to respond to any damage or outages the storm might cause.

“We prepare year-round for storms like this and are ready to address any damage to the electric system,” Peter Clarke, senior vice president of emergency preparedness for Eversource said in a statement. “While we may not be able to control the weather in New England, we know that our ongoing system improvements are helping us to better handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us.”

High winds can bring down power lines, so the company reminds people to always stay away from any downed lines you see and to report them immediately to 911.

To report a power outage, call Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 or use the “Report an Outage” link at www.eversource.com.

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<![CDATA[Some Bradley Flights Canceled or Delayed During Snowstorm]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:39:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lines+at+Bradley+Airport+1200.jpg

Several Saturday morning flights were canceled at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks and many airlines are waiving fees for passengers to change or cancel their flights.

In Connecticut, we’re experiencing the brunt of the snowstorm along the shoreline, which is under a blizzard warning. 

Airport officials said cancellations and delays are because of airports to our south experiencing storms, not conditions at Bradley. Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York are areas expected to get hit the hardest. 

Multiple flights have been canceled to several areas, including Baltimore, Charlotte, Raleigh, D.C., Newark, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, San Juan and Toronto on airlines including Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines,  JetBlue Airways and American Airlines, Travelers are urged to check their flight status and arrive at the airport at least two hours early.

American Airlines is one of the airlines waiving fees for travelers scheduled to fly Jan. 21 to 24 through several airports, including Bradley International Airport, as well as Tweed, Logan, Newark, Islip, LaGuardia, JFK, Westchester County Airport, TG Green in Rhode Island and more. See the full list and instructions on how to change your flight

United Airlines is waiving fees for travelers flying between Jan. 22 and 24 from airlines, including Bradley, as well as other airports in New England and New York. See the full list. 

United is waiving the change fee and any difference in fare for new flights departing on or before January 20 through 27 as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

Delta is also waiving change fees for travelers at several airports, including Bradley and other airports in the region. 

Southwest Airlines is warning of possible delays, diversions and canceled flights and is allowing travelers to change plans. Get more information on how to make changes on the Southwest Airlines website

JetBlue is also waiving change and cancel fees for travelers flying on Saturday from Bradley, Boston, New York, Rhode Island and Worcester.  



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<![CDATA[Ranking The Top 5 Northeast Snowstorms]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:22:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/187*120/97304847.jpg

As a potentially crippling snowstorm has its eyes on the Mid-Atlantic, including the nation's capital, it's a good time to rank the worst northeast snowstorms.

The preeminent way to classify snowstorms in this part of the country was developed by renowned winter forecaster Paul Kocin and Louis Uccellini, who now serves as the director of the National Weather Service.

Kocin and Uccellini's ranking system, called The Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale or NESIS, has five levels: notable, significant, major, crippling and extreme.

The ranking takes into account area impacted, how much snow falls and how many people live in the path of the storm.

The analysis started in 1950 but included four prior notable storms.

  1. 12-14 Mar 1993 – Category 5 – Extreme
  2. 6-8 Jan 1996 – Category 5 – Extreme
  3. 15-18 Feb 2003 – Category 4 – Crippling
  4. 11-14 Mar 1888 – Category 4 – Crippling
  5. 11-14 Feb 1899 – Category 4 – Crippling

The Blizzards of 1996 and 1993 both delivered double-digit snowfall from Washington clear through to Boston, including Connecticut.

Given that this storm is likely to spare big cities from New York City to Hartford and Boston, the population and area components of the formula will limit this storm's rating. Washington appears to be the biggest city in the bull's-eye of snow.

NBC Connecticut's own First Alert Meteorologist Tyler Jankoski participated in a live interview with Paul Kocin Wednesday evening ahead of the impending storm. You can listen to the interview here.



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<![CDATA[23 Winter Weather Tips for Your Home, Car and Pets]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:09:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/460343423.jpg

This week's cold temps will likely be joined by a snowstorm this weekend, but there's still time to prepare.

Read on for some helpful tips to help you cope with this winter weather at home, in your car or when caring for your pets:

AROUND YOUR HOME

  1. Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outdoors, officials urge you dress warmly and wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Wear a scarf over your mouth to protect your lungs.
  2. Watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering, weak pulse, disorientation, incoherence and drowsiness, and frostbite, including gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy-feeling skin.
  3. Have safe emergency heating equipment in your home, as well as a flashlight, portable radio and three days' worth of food in case the power goes out.
  4. To prevent frozen pipes, State Farm suggests letting your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls.
  5. Find the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts.
  6. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  7. If you' are going away for an extended period of time, be sure to maintain adequate heat inside your home at no lower than 55 degrees.
  8. Do not place a space heater within three feet of anything combustible.
  9. Go ahead and program your local utility contact information into your cell phone now, before you need them. 

    Important Utility Numbers include:

           -- Eversource: 800-286-2000
           -- United Illuminating: 203-499-5973
           -- Groton Utilities:  860.446.4000
           -- Norwich Public Utilities: 860-887-2555
           -- Wallingford Public Utilities, electric division: 203-265-5055        

KEEPING YOUR CAR SAFE AND RUNNING

  1. If your car battery is three years old or older, it is more likely to fail as temperatures drops,according to AAA. Never attempt to charge or jump-start a battery that is frozen, as it may rupture or explode.
  2. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  3. Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  4. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  5. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  6. Wintry weather can contribute to the deterioration of your windshield wipers. Worn blades streak and impair vision, which is critical during winter months. AAA says wiper blades should be replaced every year.
  7. Keep your washer fluid topped off with winter formula fluid so it won't freeze. Many of your car's fluids should be checked once a month.

KEEPING YOUR PET(S) SAFE

  1. Keep your pets inside. Dogs and cats left outside can freeze, get injured or become lost.
  2. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang on the hood of your car before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.
  3. The ASPCA suggests wiping your dogs' legs, feet and abdomens when they come in from snowy or icy conditions. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze and other chemicals when licking their paws.
  4. Never leave your pet inside a car unattended.

HELPING THE HOMELESS

  1. Be on the lookout for homeless people, who could get hypothermia as temperatures drop. If you see someonewho needs shelter or warmer clothing, check the 211 website for information on shelters.  
  2. Some warming centers are open and that list could change, so check back for updates

 
Get the latest weather from NBCConnecticut.com:

 

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<![CDATA[Parts of Connecticut Buried Under Foot of Snow]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:12:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/branford+rest+area+snow1.jpg

The shoreline saw the most snow in blizzard-like conditions on Saturday as the storm crept north.

NBC Connecticut has declared Sunday a First Alert Weather Day.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-Connecticut) was urging people to to stay off the roads on Saturday.

"Big differences in conditions across #CT. I-95/Merritt Pkway experiencing low visibility/high accumulations. Stay off roads if possible," Malloy tweeted. 

State police said on Saturday that between 5 am and 10 pm they responded to 149 accidents across the state. 

A blizzard warning is in effect for shoreline towns through Sunday morning and National Weather Service has expanded a winter storm warning to the remainder of the state, including northern Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties, as well as Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties. 

Areas in northen Connecticut saw 1 to 3 inches, 3 to 6 inches in central Connecticut and up to a foot for the immediate shoreline. A full list of snowfall counts can be found here.

Snow-covered roads made for slick travel conditions along the shoreline roads, like Interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway and Route 8, causing crashes and spinouts. A CT Transit bus in Greenwich crashed into a utility pole, causing outages and injuring one person.

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There are 180 closings so far this morning in anticipation of the snowstorm conditions and multiple schools have canceled SATs. Click here to see the list

A blizzard warning was not issued because of the amount of snow expected, but rather because of the wind combined with the intensity of a snowstorm that can cause low visibility.  Winds of over 35 mph and visibility less than 1/4 mile are required for 3 consecutive hours for a storm to be classified a blizzard.

Fairfield and New Haven Counties were under a coastal flooding warning, but that has been canceled and its been downgraded to a flood advisory. There's moderate coastal flooding during the time of high tide Saturday morning.

Snow started falling in the area just before 5 a.m on Saturday. Snow accumulated on the beach and the white-capped waves were getting bigger as they creep further up the beach.

“With the high tide coming in, the wind that’s supposed to be coming in we’re supposed to have a pretty significant tidal rise," West Haven Deputy Fire Chief Scott Schwartz said. 

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Minor coastal flooding is anticipated late Saturday evening during high tide along the entire Connecticut shoreline.

The bull's-eye of 1 to 2 feet plus was far south of Connecticut, in places like northern Virginia and western Maryland. A blizzard warning was issued for Washington D.C., and Long Island -- only 20 miles from Connecticut. 

Dry weather is expected Sunday and Monday before a warm-up arrives Tuesday, with rain showers possible.

Stay with the First Alert weather team for the latest on the track of the storm.



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<![CDATA[Bloomfield Warming Centers Open]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:08:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-95465690.jpg

Freezing cold temperatures are here and warming centers are opening to keep people comfortable in the cold weather.

Bloomfield

The following warming centers will be open:

  • The Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Use the Community/Youth Center entrance on the west side of the building Phone: 860-769-3566
  • Prosser Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Phone: 860-243-9721
  • McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Phone: 860-242-0041. The Town will provide water, but residents are asked to bring their own food. Remember to also bring medications, emergency contact phone numbers and any other items you might need during the day. Service dogs are always welcome.
  • Blue Hills Fire Department, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Officials warn pet owners that pets should not be kept outside during extremely cold weather because they can suffer frostbite and hypothermia the same as humans. 



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<![CDATA[Snowstorm Likely to Deliver Accumulating Snow Saturday]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:20:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+ECMWF+Snow+Total+Floater2.png

The season's first sizable snowstorm is likely on Saturday in Connecticut.

As of Tuesday, there are still four days to go before the storm hits – a long time in the world of meteorology. That's a fancy way of saying things can change.

While several inches are likely to fall across Connecticut, the most snow from this storm will probably fall in the Mid-Atlantic states.

Still, even with a storm well offshore, gusty winds would force the snow sideways and make for difficult travel. Snow shovels, blowers and plows will be needed this weekend.

This storm needs close monitoring, as it will be loaded with moisture.

A slight change in the storm track could mean the difference between 6 inches and 12 inches of snow.

The major model runs on Tuesday did little to increase confidence; in fact, confidence in track has gone down. The vaunted European model and its ensemble members overwhelmingly show light amounts of snow.

Meanwhile, the American GFS model shows a direct hit.

Stay with the First Alert weather team for the latest on the track of the storm.


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<![CDATA[Below Normal Cold Today]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:22:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cold+weather+second.jpg

Connecticut is under a wind advisory today and the governor has activated the state's severe cold weather protocol during record-breaking cold. 

It has been s a gusty morning, with winds from the northwest blowing at up to 30 miles an hour and temperatures are below normal, in the teens to 20 for the most part. Highs could reach the low-30s in parts of the state.

Wind chill is making temperatures feel like they are in the single digits and wind chills could drop to zero for a time on Tuesday morning.

Several people had car troubles in the bitter cold and AAA received more than 300 calls for assistance in Greater Hartford since midnight and more than 100 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Some of them were from people like Aneeta Jain, of West Hartford, whose car would not start. 

"I've seen even brand new cars, brand new cars off the lot, because of the cold weather, not turn on," Pablo Lopez, of AAA Service, said.

He also recommended checking tire pressure and having an emergency kit in the vehicle.

"And people, because they have a brand new car, don't bring blankets, water, little stuff that you can keep in the trunk that makes sense," said Lopez, who always wear layers during the cold weather.

"I wear like four pair of pants, two coats, I always have extra hats, gloves and I'm pretty warm," he said.

The threshold for isolated power outages in the winter is 50 mph so, while outages are unlikely today, a handful of homes and business could be in the dark in a few towns.

Today also features a blend of clouds and sunshine.

A lot of sunshine is expected on Wednesday and Thursday and temperatures will hit the low 30s.

For the Hartford area, it's the dead of winter based on averages. The average high is 34 and the average low is 17.

The state is free of major weather disruptions until late this week. Read more on the weekend storm potential here.



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<![CDATA[Wind Advisory Set for Tuesday: Low Temps, Wind Chills]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:52:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+iCAST+Feels+Like+Temperature+CT3.png

A wind advisory has been issued for northern parts of the state for Tuesday.

Wind chill temperatures could touch zero for a time on Tuesday morning.

"It’s probably going to really freeze your hands if you don’t wear gloves or freeze your ears," 9-year-old Matthew Stoner of West Hartford told NBC Connecticut.

Gusts should reach 40 mph on Tuesday. The threshold for isolated power outages in the winter is 50 mph, so while outages are unlikely, a few towns could have a handful of homes and business in the dark.

"I can feel all the little holes in my pants, where all the weave is," Morgan Taylor of Hartford said. "You can feel that there is little spaces there and it goes right to the skin."

Tuesday also features a blend of clouds and sunshine with air temperatures in the 20s. Wind chills will be in the teens.

Lots of sunshine is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

Lower 30s for highs are expected Wednesday through Friday.

For the Hartford area, it's the dead of winter based on averages. The average high is 34 and the average low is 17.

“It’s January!" Kathleen Keating of Simsbury said."I don’t know what we were expecting, right?"

The state is free of major weather disruptions until late this week. Read more on the storm potential here.

Dan Corcoran contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Major Winter Storm Possible Late Week]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:22:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Custom+Map+42.png

First Alert meteorologists are tracking the potential for the season's first major winter storm and a wind advisory is in effect for parts of the state on Monday.

One thing is for sure: the storm will have a large amount of moisture to work with.

The major question? The very track of the storm – there appears to be two possibilities.

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One outcome has a major storm off the coast of Atlantic City, which would whallop the region with wind and snow.

This is a classic track, inside the "benchmark" of 40 degrees north, 70 degrees west. At least several inches of snow would fall and it certainly would be plowable in this case.

The second outcome is a track farther offshore, with less of an impact in New England but still some snow to the south. A number indications point in this direction, but it's too early to latch onto either outcome.

The odds of at least some snow and wind are greater than 50/50.

Stay with the First Alert weather team all week long for the latest information.


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<![CDATA[Ski Season Underway at Ski Sundown After Late Start to Season]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:07:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/11816ski+sundown+1200.jpg

Just last week Ski Sundown was thrilled to finally be open for the season with 10 of their 16 trails open. Now, one week later and after at least 5 nights with temperatures below freezing,  they are on track to be fully open this week with mounds of snow on standby to be groomed.

“They snow surface plan involves just a smart strategy of where you’re going to keep snow looking forward into the year,” Jarrod Moss, director of Snow Sports School, said.

With the unfavorable weather pattern this year making for a slow start to the season, in addition to working towards getting all the trails open, the staff at Ski Sundown is also looking ahead and preparing for what this winter may have in store.

“It’s an El Niño year, we can expect it to warm up again, knowing that we look for shaded areas on the mountain that we know won’t see as much direct sunlight, snow will hold up there just fine so as things melt out through the spring we have a reserve to be able to grab from that” said Moss.

The snow guns have been on around the clock for the past week whenever the temperature has been below freezing. And with 65 acres to cover across the mountain, 3,000 gallons of water per minute are used to guarantee that the conditions are as good as possible for Ski Sundown guests every day. And all of their hard work, certainly isn’t going unnoticed.

“The snow conditions are beyond believable when you think about how little snow we’ve had naturally and the warm weather, just a horrendous situation for the management to produce good machine made snow and this is top notch,” long-time skier Jack Brunt said.

Brunt frequents Ski Sundown with good friend Jim Montlick.

“The conditions out here are absolutely fabulous, its absolutely perfect. They’ve done a great job making nice soft snow” Montlick said.

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<![CDATA[Snow Affects Morning Commute]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+haven+snow+squall+1200.jpg

Snow and dropping temperatures made for a messy commute in parts of the state Monday morning.

The shoreline saw the most snowfall Sunday evening, leaving roads wet with potential for icing over. A squall with heavier bursts of snow came through New Haven and has moved out to sea. Other towns could affect gusts of wind. New Haven county and the shoreline got the brunt of snow this morning.

There were some crashes on the shoreline where roads are slick in spots. 

Temperatures are bitter cold Monday, dipping into the 20s on Tuesday with wind chills in the teens. 

It's optimal for snow-making weather Monday, which could be helpful for ski areas that had a late start to the winter season as cold air arrives for the Martin Luther King Day holiday when many schools are out and families may be hitting the slopes.

Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny with temperatures in the 30s. 

Our First Alert weather team is tracking a possible coastal snow storm Friday into Saturday. A wintry mix is possible then, but it could slide further south and miss us, according to meteorologist Darren Sweeney. Saturday is expected to be windy.



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<![CDATA[Quick-Moving Storm Brings Rain, Accumulating Wet Snow]]> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:25:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/norfolk+snow+1200.jpg

Rain is falling statewide and it transitioned into snow in some northern parts of Connecticut, particularly hill towns like Norfolk. 

Rain began falling after midnight for most of the state but transitioned over to snow in some northern parts of Connecticut, particularly hill towns like Norfolk.

Most of the appreciable accumulation, about 1 or 2 inches, has been in the highest elevations in northwest Connecticut, as well as in some of the hill towns of the northeast such as Staffordville and Union.

Snowflakes were reported in many other towns like Ellington, Manchester, South Windsor and Stafford.

The storm causing the rain and wet snow will pull away quickly this afternoon leaving us with mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures in the upper 30s in the hill towns and 40s elsewhere.

There could be slick spots this evening and overnight, especially in hill towns that saw the most accumulation and melting during the day.

On Sunday, there will be a lot of clouds as a system passes just to the south.

On Monday, there's still a chance of snow showers during the morning and a possibility of a coating in some towns around the time of the morning commute.

Temperatures will be optimal for snow making, which could be helpful for ski areas that had a late start to the winter season as cold air arrives for the Martin Luther King Day holiday when many schools are out and families may be hitting the slopes.

No storms are in sight for next week at this time, but it is expected to be cold.



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<![CDATA[Rain Tomorrow, Bitter Blast Next Week]]> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:52:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/11616sweeping_radar_live_ct.jpg

Rain, snow and cold are all in the forecast over the next seven days, but no major snowstorms are in sight.

Rain develops very late tonight and continues through midday tomorrow. Temperatures will be near freezing in the far northwest hills, but for most of Connecticut, temperatures will be safely above freezing.

That means a town like Norfolk could switch over to wet snow for a time tomorrow morning, but it shouldn't be a big deal.

Sunday's the pick of the weekend because it will be dry with more clouds than sunshine. Highs will be in the 30s.

A few snow showers are possible Monday, but the system looks less impressive as of Friday. Light accumulations are possible.

After Monday, the weather turns tranquil. It will be cold with temperatures in the 20s and lower 30s.



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<![CDATA[Implications on Winter: Lack of Snow Through January 14]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:35:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Almanac+3+Row+3+Column+BDL.png

As of January 14, only 1.3 inches of snow have been recorded this season at Bradley International.

Let's preface this by saying all calculations below use the 110-year period of record in the Hartford area. Not "forever."

Only three other seasons have seen an equal or lesser amount of snow through January 14: 1927-1928, 2006-2007 and 1979-1980.

An average of the snowfall from those three seasons results in a paltry amount. Only 20.3 inches!

Also of interest, December 2015 was warmest on record.

First Alert meteorologists calculated the average seasonal snowfall in the seasons with a top 10 warmest December.

The result? An average seasonal snowfall value of 24.7 inches. Not much, especially considering the 1981-2010 average is 45 inches per season.

Using simply the 1981-2010 average for the remainder of winter, roughly 27 more inches of snow should fall, making for a seasonal total of 28.3 inches. Of course that's an average winter, and this year has been far from average.

Remember, the seasonal average is 45 inches.

The likelihood this winter in Connecticut falls far short of the average is quite high.

To obtain a top 15 least snowy winter, no more than 22.8 inches needs to fall.

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<![CDATA[Tracking Winter Weather Special to Air Tuesday, January 19]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:06:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Capture22.PNG

NBC Connecticut is proud to present "First Alert: Tracking Winter."

The half hour weather special will air on NBC Connecticut on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m.

Here's a preview of what will be presented.

  • Brad Field explains the warmth of December and the winter forecast
  • Bob Maxon visits Ski Sundown during snowmaking
  • Ryan Hanrahan shows how the Connecticut DOT prepares
  • Darren Sweeney reveals how salt impacts cars
  • Tyler Jankoski demos the newest app feature and stops by Mt. Southington
  • Kaitlyn McGrath talks about winter driving

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<![CDATA[Rain This Weekend, Light Snow Early Monday]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:57:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Clouds+CT9.png

The theme of winter 2016 continues, as bouts of cold move through but major snow remains lacking.

Temperatures fall into the 20s tonight as clouds increase.

There can be a sprinkle early tomorrow, but most of the day will be dry as high temperatures are projected to be in the lower and middle 40s! Skies will remain mostly cloudy.

The weekend will begin with rain on Saturday. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s. There can be some wet snow or and icy mix for a brief time in the hills, but it shouldn't be a big deal.

A blend of clouds and sunshine is anticpated Sunday, when temperatures will be in the 30s.

A weak clipper system arrives Sunday night and lasts into early Monday morning. With it comes some light snow. Accumulation is possible but it won't be much. Probably enough for a broom or leaf blower to clear away!

Next week looks cold but uneventful.

Temperatures will reach 20s for highs Monday and Tuesday, and barely reach freezing Wednesday and Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Snow Flurries Delayed Early Morning Commute]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snow+in+Bridgeport+on+Jan+14.jpg

Some light snow flurries covered the roads in parts of Connecticut this morning and that caused some delays for the early morning commute.

No accumulation is expected beyond a light covering, but that is enough to cause delays between Danbury and Newtown.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the lower 20s and Friday will be partly sunny, with highs between 40 and 45.
 

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<![CDATA[Storm Likely to Deliver Mostly Rain Saturday]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:27:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+GFS+MSLP+Precip+Clouds+FloaterSAT1.png

Tomorrow features another blend of clouds and sunshine and temperatures will be quite similar to today, in the lower 30s.

A storm is likely Saturday.

However, high pressure and thus fresh cold air is lacking over New England.

So even if the storm takes an ideal track for snow in Connecticut, it would be mostly rain with just some sleet or freezing rain in the hills.

Model guidance has come into better agreement on track in recent runs, and it looks like the storm will pass somewhere near the so-called benchmark of 40 degrees north and 70 degrees west.

Another storm passes by New England Sunday into Monday, and that storm has a better chance of delivering snow.

But it would have to come close enough, and that remains in question.

It turns very cold next week with high temperatures not rising out of the 20s.


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