CT Weather: Winter Storm Warning In Effect For Most Of State

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CONNECTICUT — A powerful nor'easter with heavy snow is expected to track more north of Connecticut, which means some sleet and freezing rain may mix in along the coast, especially in the southeastern part of the state, according to the latest forecasts Tuesday afternoon. This may reduce snow accumulation amounts at the coast, especially in Middlesex and New London counties.

A bulk of the state is still forecast to receive a foot or more of snow during the storm, which is expected to start Wednesday and continue into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm warning was issued for Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Tolland, Litchfield and Windham counties. A warning was also issued for interior sections of Middlesex and New London counties.

The coast of Middlesex and New London counties remain under a winter storm watch.

Here are the latest weather statements from the National Weather Service based on where you live:

Fairfield, New Haven, and inland sections of Middlesex and New London counties: A winter storm warning is in effect from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday. "Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph along the coast."

The coast of Middlesex and New London counties: A winter storm watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. "Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 10 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph."

"There is still uncertainty with how much warm air moves into the area," the weather service said, concerning the coast of Middlesex and New London counties. "If warmer air moves into the region, less snow will be forecast, and a Winter Weather Advisory would be issued. If colder air moves into the region, then more snow will be forecast and a Winter Storm Warning will be issued."

Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties: A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday. "Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph."

"Snow developing by Wednesday evening and becoming heavy at times Wednesday night into early Thursday," the weather service said. "Snow tapering off by Thursday afternoon."

Litchfield County: A winter storm warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Thursday. "Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 18 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph."

"The snow will be dry and fluffy," the weather service said. "Snowfall rates approaching 2 inches per hour at times Wednesday night."

Because of the change in the track of the storm, NBC Connecticut chief meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said he amended his accumulation estimates.

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