What you need to know about the Halloween storm
We have some wicked weather for Halloween.
Here’s what to expect:
A High Wind Warning has been posted for Middlesex, New London, Hartford and Tolland counties from 9 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday. Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
The rest of Connecticut is under a Wind Advisory from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. Winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Strongest wind gusts are expected late this evening and overnight.
Southerly winds will increase tonight ahead of a strong cold front. The strongest winds will be across southern Connecticut, especially along the shoreline.
Sustained winds will be 20 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.
Winds will begin to increase tonight around 8 p.m.
Strongest winds will be between 11 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. on Friday.
Peak gusts along the shoreline will be between 48 and 51 mph.
Interior Connecticut is forecast to have gusts between 43 and 47 mph.
Northwest Connecticut’s peak gusts will be between 37 and 41 mph.
A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph,or gusts of 46 to 57 mph, are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, in open areas, and on elevated roads and bridges. Use extra caution.
A Freeze Watch
Expect below freezing temperatures in most of Connecticut from late Friday night into early Saturday morning.
Only the immediate shoreline will escape a frost.
A Freeze Watch means below freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
Temperature could fall as low as the upper 20s in northern Connecticut and in the mid to upper 30s along the Long Island Sound shoreline.
Showers are expected this morning. The showers taper off late in the morning and into the afternoon with a warm front to the north.
Showers and possibly a few thunderstorms will become likely this evening and tonight as the cold front crosses the region and moves east early Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has reduced rainfall totals for Connecticut. On Tuesday it was forecasting between 1 to 2 inches across most of Connecticut.
Today, it’s forecasting a half-inch to an inch across most of the state. Higher amounts of 1 to 1.5 inches are forecast for northwest Connecticut.
There is some potential good news for trick or treaters tonight.
The NWS sees “a brief lull in rain chances into early to mid evening, before rain intensity increases to become briefly heavy before midnight and into overnight.”
The hourly forecast has the chance of rain decreasing between 3 and 5 p.m. and from 8 to 11 p.m.
As of 6 a.m. Thursday, between .10 of an inch and nearly a half an inch of rain fell across the state, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.
Rainfall for the month as been well above average. Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford has received 5.68 inches - 3.53 inches above average.
Rainiest days of the month were 1.51 inches on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 2.12 inches on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Track the rain on radar here.
Tonight: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 a.m. Low around 53. Breezy, with a south wind 18 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. North wind 3 to 5 mph.
Saturday: Areas of frost before 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 50. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear,