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Fairfield forecast: Quick, before it melts, a white Christmas

Published 8:21 am, Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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The overnight dusting of snow that makes this Christmas morning white throughout most of southwestern Connecticut is expected to melt away as periodic drizzle falls across the region and skies clear later.

The day is expected to become partly sunny, according to the National Weather Service, as the temperature rises to a daytime high in the mid-40s. There will be a north wind around 9 mph.

Tonight should partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-20s and a north wind around 9 mph.

Tomorrow will be windy and wet, the NWS says. Rain is likely, mainly after 4 p.m., and the temperature will rise to a high of about 40 degrees. There will be a northeast wind 7 to 12 mph, increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon and gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent, the NWS says.

Rain, heavy at times, will continue Wednesday night. The low temperature will be in the mid-30s, and there will be an east wind 24 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

On Thursday, rain is expected to continue, falling mainly before noon, but showers remain possible later. The high temperature will ne in the low-40s, with more windy conditions -- east wind 14 to 18 mph, becoming north in the afternoon and gusting as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. By Thursday night, the NWS says there is a chance of showers before 9 p.m., and the temperature will dip to a low in the mid-20s. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Friday should be mostly sunny, with a high temperature in the upper-30s. Nighttime will ne partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the low-20s.

The outlook for Saturday, according to the weather service, is for a chance of snow, cloudy and temperatures in the 30s.