The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection wants local residents to know that a large winter storm is expected to impact our area on Wednesday. Here is the forecast they shared:

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Light snow and flurries are forecast to move into the state between 4:00 – 6:00 AM.  The snow is forecast to remain light during the morning rush hour with just a minor impact expected on travel between 7:00 – 9:00 AM.  The snow is forecast to become steady and moderate at times between 9:00 AM and Noon with 1” – 2” of accumulation mainly on grassy areas by noon.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Snow intensity increasing and becoming heavy at times by 3:00 PM.  The snow could become very heavy with snowfall rates of 1” – 3” per hour between 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  A rain / snow line is expected to move into southeastern Connecticut and stretch from East Lyme to North Stonington by 4:00 PM.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is forecast to be major with heavy snow falling across most of the state, several inches of snow on most roads and low visibilities.  Highs are forecast to be in the low 30’s with Northeast winds gusting to 25 MPH at times.

WEDNESDAY EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: Snow heavy at times is forecast to change to a mix or rain southeast of a line from East Haven to Willimantic 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 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  Light snow is expected to continue overnight and end completely by early Thursday morning.  There is still expected to be a minor to moderate impact on the Thursday morning rush hour.