Rare October snow causing few outages in CT
A wet snow fell Friday morning from the shoreline of southeast Connecticut to the Northwest Hills.
The wind was blowing from the north between 10 to 15 mph with gusts of 30 mph.
Just before 10:30 a.m., the temperature was 32 degrees in Colebrook, 34 in Torrington, 35 in Danbury, 34 in Middletown, 35 in New Haven, 37 in Norwalk and 39 in Bridgeport.
The windchill made it feel like it’s in the mid-20s.
Russell Russ, a National Weather Service observer, tweeted that Norfolk had 1.4 inches of snow at 8:30 a.m.
10/30/20. Norfolk, CT (1400’). 0.9” snowfall as of 8am. 1.4” by 8:30am with light to moderate snow continuing. Norfolk’s 89 yr. Oct. monthly ave. snowfall is 0.9” & we reached that as of 8am. @bobmaxon @gilsimmons @themattcast @NorfolkPIO1 @NWSAlbany pic.twitter.com/4CDjKpOfKr— Russell Russ (@RussellRuss7) October 30, 2020
According to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon, this is only the sixth time measurable October snow has happened in Connecticut in the 115 years of weather records.
Many weather station locations likes like Tweed-New Haven and Sikorsky Memorial airports are an unusual “snow fog” and “snow mist” on Friday morning.
The snow isn’t causing too many problems.
In fact, many people seem to be enjoying the early snow and posting photos and videos on social media.
By late morning, snow was already covering roads in inland areas of the state.
Major highways, however, were just wet.
It's snowing and our crews are hitting the pavement, treating state roadways to prevent slippery spots. Drivers take extra precaution today. Pics below: different corners of the state, in Colebrook & in Pomfret. pic.twitter.com/ZP2y6OyMKB— Connecticut Department of Transportation (@CTDOTOfficial) October 30, 2020
There is concern that very low temperatures could freeze overnight.
Lows will be in the 20s.
There were no major accidents reported.
Just after 9 a.m., the National Weather Service in New York increased its snowfall totals up to 2 inches for southern Connecticut.
It also added a coastal flood advisory until noon.
About the only problem caused by the pre-winter weather are some power outages.
At 10:30 a.m., Eversource reported 519 outages. The number held into the evening hours with 564 reported just after 6 p.m., according to Eversource.
Later in the evening, the number jumped to more than 1,700 statewide after 1,463 lost power in Guilford— more than 13 percent of Eversource’s customers there.
Department of Transportation officials reported Route 77 in Guilford was closed between Hubbard Road and Prospect Hill Road due to a tree down on wires.
In Winchester, Route 263 closed near Blue Street for a report of a tree down on wires. The closure was reported at 1:17 p.m., according to the Department of Transportation.
That closure was cleared a little after 9 p.m., according to DOT.
We’re seeing the first snowfall of the season. Please take it slow and use extra caution if you need to head out this morning. Be sure to report any power outages by calling us at 800-286-2000 or by visiting https://t.co/4Hyo1NNTeE. Our crews are ready to respond, if needed. pic.twitter.com/DgCGDawLhq— Eversource CT (@EversourceCT) October 30, 2020
Scattered outages were also reported in Burlington, Simsbury, Vernon, East Haddam, Brooklyn and New Britain.
United Illuminating reported just 15 outages in Shelton and Orange earlier in the day. Later in the evening, the number fell to one outage in New Haven
The National Weather Service says it will remain windy most of the day with a chilly north wind blowing between 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Peak wind gusts, so far, were 29 mph in Stratford and New Haven, 26 mph in New London and 24 mph in Oxford.
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