Winter Storm Update 02

March 7th, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection has provided the following updated storm information:

THIS AFTERNOON: Snow intensity will increase in the Hartford area during the next 60 minutes.  Travel conditions in southwestern CT will continue to quickly deteriorate and will deteriorate in the Hartford area by 4:00 PM.  The snow has the potential to become very heavy with snowfall rates of 1” – 3” per hour and thundersnow especially in southwestern CT after 2:00 PM and across most of the state by the rush hour.  A rain / snow line is expected to move into the southeastern Connecticut coastline by 5:00 PM.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is forecast to be major with heavy or very heavy snow falling across most of the state, several inches of snow on most roads and near blizzard conditions.  Highs are forecast to be in the low 30’s with Northeast winds gusting to 30 MPH at times inland and to 30 – 50 MPH at times along the coast.  The heavy wet snow combined with the strong winds are likely to cause power outages.  

THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: Snow heavy at times is forecast to change to a mix or rain southeast of a line from Old Saybrook to Norwich by 7:00 PM.  The impact on evening travel is expected to range from minor in southeastern CT to Major in the Hartford / Stamford areas and the NW hills with a deep snowpack on most roads.  Any mix is expected to change back to snow by late evening and the snow is forecast to taper off to lighter snow between 10:00 PM and Midnight.  Light snow is expected to continue overnight and end completely between 4:00 – 6:00 AM Thursday morning.  There is still expected to be a minor to moderate impact on the Thursday morning rush hour.