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Fairfield forecast: A stormy start to winter

Published 6:40 am, Friday, December 21, 2012
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Heavy rain, gusting winds and coastal flooding are in the mix for this first day of winter in southwestern Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.

A high wind warning is in effect for the region through noontime today, with the NWS warning that wind speeds can be clocked at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph.

Combined with the heavy rain, there is the threat of coastal flooding early this morning, with water levels as high as two and one-half feet above astronomical high-tide levels.

The daytime high temperature is expected to be about 50 degrees, the NWS says.

Tonight, as temperatures dip to a low of about 30 degrees, there is a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Skies will remain cloudy, with a west wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Tomorrow, there is a chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., with a rain-snow drizzle possible later. Skies will be cloudy with a high temperature about 40 degrees and a northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Tomorrow night will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the upper-20s. It will be breezy, with a west wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Sunday should be mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 40 degrees and a west wind around 16 mph. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-20s.

On Monday, the skies should be sunny, with a high temperature in the mid-30s. It will be mostly cloudy at night, with a low temperature in the mid-20s.

The outlook for Tuesday, Christmas Day, is partly sunny and temperatures in the 30s, according to the weather service.