CT Weather: Heavy snow Tuesday, up to 9 inches forecast

CT Weather: Heavy snow Tuesday, up to 9 inches forecast

Once again, snow accumulation estimates changed Tuesday morning. Here are the latest weather forecasts with heavy snowfall.

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CONNECTICUT – While we were sleeping, more changes to the snow accumulation forecast for Connecticut were announced.

Winter storm warnings for both Hartford and Litchfield have been dropped and replaced with winter weather warnings, as less snow is expected here. Although it was downgraded from warning to advisory status Hartford County, West Hartford has already received 7 inches of snow as of 7:25 a.m., and Berlin, Simsbury and Ricky Hill currently have 4 inches and climbing. Farmington, Glastonbury and Canton are all at 3 inches and climbing. Clearly an unpredictable storm that continues to defy forecasts,

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The remaining counties in Connecticut remain under a winter storm warning, but snowfall estimates are down a bit here as well.

This is a fast-moving storm and snow is still expected to fall at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour this morning, and the snowfall should end by early afternoon.

“The storm peaks this morning with snowfall rates at times reaching 1-2 inches per hour, which will hamper mobility as visibility will be reduced and snow will accumulate quickly.”said Mark Dixon, chief meteorologist for WFSB-TV 3 with Scott Haney. “Winds will also pick up this morning. Wind speeds will mostly be in the 25-35 mph range, and combined with the snow load may cause some isolated power outages. Minor coastal flooding is also expected at the beach during high tide cycles this morning .

“With temperatures near freezing, this will be wet, heavy snow. We’ve been watching the recent southward trend on track from our latest model guidance. Initially, that kind of shifted into a colder and therefore snowier scenario for us. But with As the shift continues, the heaviest snow is also moving south. We have revised our forecast map, once again, with heavier fall, 4-8″ southeast of I-84… especially throughout the coastal areas and SE CT. There could be a steep gradient over northwest CT, to where it adds very little, we expect 2-4 inches of snow. In terms of timing, it is early this afternoon with periods of sun after that. (Watch/read more on WFSB TV 3).

Gov. Ned Lamont signed an order banning all tandem tractor trailers and empty tractor trailers from traveling on all limited access highways statewide effective at 12 a.m. Tuesday, and it remains in effect until further notice.

Lamont said the travel ban on tandem tractor trailers and empty tractor trailers is being implemented in coordination with neighboring New York and Massachusetts, which imposed similar bans on their roads during the storm.

“During peak storm periods, we expect treacherous conditions that will make travel very difficult,” Lamont said. “We have consulted with our neighboring states and have determined as a region that it is in the best interest of safety to impose a travel ban on tandem tractor trailers and empty tractor trailers for the duration of the storm.”


Below are estimates of new snow accumulation as published by the National Weather Service:


Coastal sections of Fairfield, New Haven, and Middlesex counties and all of New London County:

A winter storm warning is in effect from 1am to 6pm on Wednesday. “Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches. Higher amounts can be obtained locally in the heavier ranges…. Travel may be very difficult. Hazardous conditions may affect morning or evening commutes.”


Inland sections of Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex County:

A winter storm warning is in effect from 1am to 6pm on Wednesday. “Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Higher amounts can be obtained locally in the heavier ranges…. Travel may be very difficult. Hazardous conditions may affect morning or evening commutes.”


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Hartford County:

A winter weather warning has been issued for Hartford County. “snow. Total storm snow accumulation ranges from 3 to 5 inches. Wind speeds reach 35 miles per hour.”


Tolland/Windham County:

A winter storm warning has been issued for Tolland and Windham counties. “Heavy snow. Total storm snow accumulations range from 4 to 9 inches. Wind speeds reach 35 miles per hour.”


Litchfield County:

A winter weather warning has been issued for Litchfield County. “snow. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches.”


Weather forecast for the rest of the week/weekend via the weather service

Cold temperatures dominate the rest of the week, with high temperatures only reaching the 30s. There is a chance of some snow and rain on Thursday and more snow on Saturday, but the chances are less than 50 percent.

It looks like we’re in for an active, wintry weather pattern over the next few days.


Live updates on disruptions/delays on major roads in CT

STILL ACTIVE: BERLIN – Collision (2 vehicles) on RT 9 northbound between Exits 34 and 35. The right lane is closed. Posted on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:50 AM.

STILL ACTIVE: ROCKY HILL – Crash (Jackknifed) on I-91 South between Exits 23 and 22S. The right and middle lanes are closed. Posted on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:29 AM.


This crash has now been cleared. DARIEN – Collision (overturned vehicle) on I-95 southbound between exits 10 and 9. The two left lanes are closed. Posted on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:55 AM.

Keep this story updated for updates on major roads in Connecticut.

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