Strong winds, steep temperature drop, snow in the forecast
Get ready for some dramatic changes in the weather.
Here’s what to expect:
With gusts of up to 50 mph possible, Connecticut is under a Wind Advisory from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service’s hourly forecast, winds will begin to increase around 10 a.m.between 17 and 22 mph.
Strongest gusts will be between 1 and 7 p.m. Winds will begin to decrease between 8 and 10 p.m.
The NWS urges extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
High pressure builds into northern New York State tonight as frigid dry air seeps south into Connecticut.
The stong winds will help usher in much colder temperatures.
Thursday’s high temperature of 49 degrees will peak around 1 p.m.
After that, temperatures will make a 28-degree drop and then bottom out at 21 degrees by 7 a.m. Friday.
The wind chill will have a 35-degree drop from 42 degrees at 1 p.m. Thursday to 7 degrees at 7 a.m. on Friday.
Temperatures fall into the 20s and teens overnight with freezing temperatures and wind chills in the teens expected all day Friday.
Some snow is expected to begin late Saturday morning or early afternoon.
The NWS says between 2 to 4 inches is possible.
“The chance of an all snow scenario for much of the area is unlikely,” the NWS says in its forecast discussion. “The biggest question is how quick can the deeper moisture arrive and mix with the colder air before it can exit. By late afternoon and evening temperatures should climb rather quickly. The thinking is that highs on Saturday will be low to mid 30s inland and upper 30s to around 40 elsewhere.
“This system will be fast moving, and precipitation will be ending overnight Saturday into early Sunday. Only a few lingering flurries are expected across the higher inland terrain as the low departs Sunday. The main story then becomes the wind, as once again there will be the potential for gusty winds into the day on Sunday as the departing low deepens over the northwest Atlantic.”
Thursday: A slight chance of rain before 9 a.m., then a slight chance of rain after 3 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest 17 to 22 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 17. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values between zero and 10. Northwest wind 14 to 17 mph.
Friday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 13. North wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light after midnight.
Saturday: Snow, mainly after 2 p.m. High near 33. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Saturday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 10pm, then gradually ending. Low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.