Area towns are gearing up for what could be the biggest snowfall of the winter, according to WFSB-TV meteorologist Mark Dixon.
“For Central Connecticut it will be an all snow event, it could be the biggest snow producer for the season,” Dixon said. “It could be a blockbuster.”
Towns from Bristol to Newington, including New Britain, Plainville and Berlin would get between eight and 18 inches of wet, heavy snow, Dixon said. The state’s northwest hills could see upwards of two feet of snow, he added.
Winds will average between 30 and 40 miles per hour – less than Friday’s nor’easter that took out power to thousands – but could create trees and power lines down because of the weight of the snow, he said.
“It won’t be as bad as last Friday but the ground is saturated because we got one to two inches of rain,” Dixon said. “Trees could more easily topple with the wind. The snow will be wet and heavy and tough to move, shovel and clear.”
The snow will begin lightly Wednesday morning but quickly ramp up by mid-morning and late afternoon creating a “treacherous” evening commute. At the height of the storm Wednesday afternoon, snow will fall at a rate of one to two inches per hour, Dixon said. “It will pile up quickly,” he said.
While everyone is waiting for the arrival spring, Dixon said winter may not be done just yet. There is a potential for another storm Monday into Tuesday – but models are showing it going out to sea for now. “I cannot say definitely this is the last storm,” he said.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.