Fairfield forecast: Calm before the the storm ...
Pounding weather looms for southwestern Connecticut, beginning late Sunday and continuing through early next week, as Hurricane Sandy continues this morning on a path that threatens the nation's East Coast.
The storm as of 6 a.m. today remains a Category 1 hurricane churning off the coast of Florida and the Carolinas.
If the storm hits the region, it is expected to begin late Sunday and continue through Tuesday, with heavy rain, strong winds and flooding exacerbated by full-moon tides.
Today, meanwhile, is expected to be partly sunny with a high temperature in the mid-60s, and a south wind 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight, there will be patchy fog as clouds turn cloudy and the temperature dips to about 50 degrees.
Tomorrow, there is a slight chance of rain after noon. Otherwise, after patchy fog clears in the morning, skies should be partly sunny with a high temperature in the mid-60s. The chance of precipitation is rated at 20 percent, the NWS says.
On Sunday, there is a chance of rain, with clouds and a high temperature about 60 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Rain is likely by Sunday night -- and could be heavy -- if the brunt of Hurricane Sandy starts moving across the region. Clouds prevail and the temperature registers a low about 50 degrees. Chance of precipitation is at least 60 percent.
More rain is likely Monday and, again, it could be very heavy. That, in turn, could trigger coastal and inland waterway flooding. The temperature is expected to hit a high in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is rated at least 70 percent, the NWS says.
Rain is expected to continue Monday night, with a low temperature in the upper-40s.
The outlook for Tuesday, the weather service predicts, is more rain, possible flooding, cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-50s.