Overnight Ice

1z Surface Map

What will be a major rainstorm will begin as some ice in parts of Connecticut. Temperatures have dropped off quickly this evening and faster than computer models forecasted.

18z NAM 6 hour Surface Temperature Forecast

Given the fact temperatures are so far below what was forecasted it seems likely a period of ice will overspread Connecticut late tonight. Easterly winds will develop and bring in warmer air quickly, but areas in Litchfield County could pick up 0.1″ of freezing rain. This is certainly enough to cause problems on untreated roads.

Once the freezing rain ends Sunday will be  a soaker. 1″-3″ of rain is expected with locally higher amounts possible.

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4 thoughts on “Overnight Ice

  1. Wow, that is scary stuff.

    Here is what a real winter is like…that wimps on the East Coast like us could never deal with:

    URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
    413 PM CST SAT DEC 11 2010

    BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MINNESOTA…AND WESTERN WISCONSIN. TRAVEL WILL BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AND IS NOT ADVISED.

    LATEST SNOW FALL REPORTS VARY WIDELY…BUT BETWEEN 6 AND 20 INCHES HAS ALREADY BEEN REPORTED IN PARTS OF EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN. FINAL SNOW TOTALS AND REPORTS ARE HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…BUT IN
    GENERAL THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS EXTEND FROM NEAR HUTCHINSON AND MANKATO (20 to 30 INCHES)…ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES METRO…INTO MOST OF WEST CENTRAL
    WISCONSIN. WESTERN WISCONSIN AND FAR SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA SHOULD SEE A FEW MORE INCHES OF SNOW.

    VERY STRONG WINDS ARE CREATING SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…AND THIS WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH…WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH ARE OCCURRING ALONG WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTH AND CENTRAL
    MINNESOTA…AND WESTERN WISCONSIN. THE COMBINATION OF THE WINDS AND PLUMMETING TEMPERATURES WILL RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF 20 BELOW TO 35 BELOW TONIGHT.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE XPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST…HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED…STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

    A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

    We really are wimps on the East Coast (lol)

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