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Substantial Winter Storm Expected to Bring Over a Foot of Snow to Most of CT

Blizzard conditions are possible with the storm's shift west.

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A major nor'easter developing off the coast of New England this weekend could bring over a foot of snow to most of Connecticut.

There's been a notable jump close to the coast with the storm track and a growing consensus that this storm will produce significant snowfall and wind.

Because of a shift west, the heaviest snow axis is now expected to be closer to Connecticut.

A winter storm watch has been issued for all of the state.

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It appears that the storm will pass close enough to us to bring 12 to 20 inches of snow to eastern Connecticut. Areas west of Interstate 91 could see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow.

It'll snow at an incredible rate on Saturday and some thundersnow is possible, as well. Snowfall rates in excess of 2 to 3 inches per hour are expected in some towns.

Strong winds are expected with gusts in excess of 50 mph, particularly at the shore.

Eversource said it is positioning equipment and line and tree crews across the state, including hundreds of additional out-of-state crews, to respond to any potential storm-related outages.

"We have hundreds of crews flying in throughout the day today – and more arriving tomorrow – from southern and western parts of the country, so we don’t have to wait for them to drive here. They’ll be geared up and ready to respond to this storm alongside our Eversource crews. We also remind customers that restorations may take longer as we ensure the safety of our employees who will be responding in challenging road conditions,” Eversource president of Connecticut Electric Operations Steve Sullivan said in a statement.

The snow will start around daybreak Saturday, but we'll see the heaviest snow between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Snow wraps up Saturday evening into early Sunday.

We'll see some flurries and light snow on Friday, which is unrelated to the nor'easter.

If you have plans this weekend, you'll want to continue checking in with our meteorologists on-air, on our website, and on social media.

You can get the latest forecast anytime here.

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