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In icy grip, Fairfield bundles up after snowstorm

Published 12:03 pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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  • Students head into Sherman School two hours later than usual Wednesday, following Tuesday's snowstorm.They had an early dismissal on Tuesday, and no school on Monday due to the holiday. Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    Students head into Sherman School two hours later than usual Wednesday, following Tuesday's snowstorm.They had an early dismissal on Tuesday, and no school on Monday due to the holiday. Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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After the snow stopped falling overnight, the 6- to 9-inch totals in Fairfield and around the region generally were lower than forecast Tuesday, when the National Weather Service predicted as much as a foot or more of snow could wallop southwestern Connecticut.

Another plus: The snow was light and fluffy, easiest kind to shovel -- if there is such a thing.

The NWS forecast was closer to the mark, however, regarding the bone-chilling temperatures that are gripping the area today -- and expected to keep things in the deep freeze until Saturday.

The daytime high temperarture Wednesday was expected to rise no higher than the mid-teens and then plunge to about zero overnight -- with wind-chill values as low as minus-11 because of a northwest wind 7 to 10 mph, gusting as high as 21 mph.

Thursday will be nearly as cold, with a dyatime high struggling to reach about 20 degrees and an overnight low of about 7 degrees. Plus, there is a chance of "snow showers" during the day, according to the weather service.

Friday will be pretty much the same, temperature-wise, although things start to "warm up" overnight as the low temperature falls "only" to the mid-teens.

On Saturday, however, the NWS predicts the temperature will rise above freezing -- although just bearly -- for the first time in days to a high in the mid-30s.

And there could quite literally be "icing" on that meteorological cake: a 50 percent chance of snow.