Fairfield forecast warning: Snow falling as nor'easter moves in
Updated 2:06 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Little more than a week after southwestern Connecticut and the rest of the nation's Northeast was socked by what is now known as "Superstorm" Sandy, the region today is battening down again for a nor'easter blast of rain, high winds, coastal flooding -- and possibly snow.
Snow -- light, but steady -- began falling across the region at midday. At this point, however, forecasters are saying this storm should not be as severe as Sandy.
The National Weather Service has issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for the region today as the storm is expected to begin buffeting the region this afternoon.
In addition to precipitation, which could include some snow, the NWS has issued a high-wind warning from 1 p.m. today through 4 a.m. tomorrow with winds 25 to 35 mph, gusting as high as 60 mph.
There also is a coastal flooding warning in effect from 2 p.m. today through 7 a.m. morning, particularly during high-tide periods as the storm surge hits.
At this point, however, forecasters are saying this storm should not be as severe as Sandy.
Little or no snow accumulation is expected this afternoon when precipitation begins as the daytime high temperature reaches into the mid-50s, according to the NWS. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent, the weather service says.
Tonight, rain is on tap as the temperature dips to a low in the low-30s. There will be a north wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Tomorrow, rain should continue, mainly before 2 p.m. It will be cloudy, with a high temperature in the mid-40s. There will be a north wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Nighttime brings a continuing possibility of rain before 9 p.m. Conditions will be cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing begins as the temperature registers a low in the low-30s. There will be a northwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Friday is expected to be sunny, with a high temperature in the low-50s and a northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, the NWS says. Friday night should be mostly clear, with a low temperature in the mid-30s.
Saturday is likely to be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the mid-50s. Nighttime will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature around 40 degrees.
The outlook for Sunday -- Veterans Day -- is mostly sunny and temperatures in the low-60s, according to the weather service.