Blizzard Warning for Parts of Our Area

Toby Manning
March 16, 2017

We expect the precipitation to become mostly snow as it becomes steadier and heavier over the next hour or two, but with more mixing overnight as discussed below.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for areas not in the in the Blizzard Warning, this includes the Providence metro area and areas to the south and east. Already we hear that grass and cars are picking up a light accumulation of snow, but roads still in good shape.

NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan wrote, "The European model keying in on northwestern Connecticut and the Catskills as the most likely locations to see over 18" of snow. The roughest weather will be moving through between 8 AM and 8 PM.

"Tonight: Steady snow will continue, with another 3 to 6" expected.

Winds will continue to be strong and may even become stronger with sustained winds likely to be between 15 and 25 miles per hour and gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour out of the northwest.

Interior sections of Fairfield and New Haven counties are expected to receive 18 to 24 inches of snow accumulation and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour at times.

Between 12 and 20 inches of snow are expected by the time the storm moves out. Snow may mix with or change to sleet and rain across southern and eastern coastal areas, the NWS said. TIMING.Snow begins between 5 and 7 am tomorrow morning.

Blizzard conditions - 3 hours or more of sustained winds of at least 35 mph and 1/4 visibility - are in the forecast, making travel unsafe and power outages possible. It will snow at rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour Tuesday afternoon. Easterly winds could gust to 60mph on Block Island and along the south coast of Rhode Island as well as along the coastline of eastern MA including Cape Cod and the Islands.

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