Good Wednesday All and welcome back to winter!
****A FREEZE WARNING is in effect until 10am this morning for southern portions of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties ****
Temperatures plunged last night! The temperature was down to 28 degrees at the Botelle School in Norfolk at 9pm. Snow and sleet came down in the Northwest Hills and we're getting reports of as much as 3.3 inches of snow in Roxbury this morning! Wild! If you don't have snow out there this morning, please be careful, you might encounter icy patches on some roadways this morning.
The combination of heavy downpours and gusty winds made for a rather stormy Tuesday. Many Connecticut towns received between 1 and 2 inches of rain. Plus, southerly winds gusted to over 40 mph in some locations. A cold front passed through Connecticut overnight and those temperatures started headed south. Highs yesterday were in the 60s, but temperatures this morning are in the 20s! The rain changed over to sleet and wet snow overnight and it's a bit of a mess out there this morning! A lot of towns in northern CT have a coating to 2" of snow on the grassy surfaces, especially in the higher elevations. Plus, some puddles have started to freeze although the ground is fairly warm after several days with highs in the 70s.
The sky is in the process of becoming mainly clear and high pressure will provide plenty of sunshine today. However, today will be unseasonably cool with highs only in the mid to upper 40s. It'll be breezy too and that will certainly add to the chill.
The mercury will dip into the 20s and lower 30s tonight and some record lows could be challenged by tomorrow morning. The record low for April 17th for the Greater Hartford area is 25 degrees set all the way back on 1908! The record low for Bridgeport is 30 degrees set in 1962. Let's wait and see what happens as it's going to be close.
The chilly weather will gradually moderate for the end of the workweek. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with highs in the 50s and Friday should be a little milder with highs closer to 60 degrees. Plus, we'll enjoy nice weather on Good Friday with partly sunny skies expected.
The Easter weekend may start out showery on Saturday with some moisture moving up the coast. Highs on Saturday should range from 60 to 65 degrees. However, Easter Sunday looks much better with partly sunny skies, dry northwesterly breeze, and highs around or just over 60 degrees!
Showers return to the forecast early next week, but we don't see any expect any more big rainstorms at least for the time being.
Have a terrific day!
Meteorologist Scot Haney