Southern CT Weather: Snow, Ice, Flooding Rain Forecast Monday

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SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT — There is a lot going on with the weather this holiday weekend.

First, it's brutally cold today, with temperatures failing to reach 20 degrees and a special weather statement has been issued for all of southern Connecticut because wind chills may drop to 10 below zero at times.

On Sunday, we briefly warm up to the mid 30s and while we're sleeping Sunday night snow, sleet and rain will move into the region. It now appears that the precipitation will change to rain sooner for us, and snow accumulation will be minimal for southern Connecticut.

Strong wind gusts and concerns about a flooding rain Monday morning are the biggest issues from this storm.

The National Weather Service said "Guidance remains consistent with the track of a strong coastal low with impacts to the region Sunday night into Monday."

The weather service said everyone will start off with light snow but because temperatures will be moderating quickly, the snow will mix with rain and quickly change to all rain at the coast.

However, freezing rain may mix in inland sections of southern Connecticut before the change to plain rain Monday morning. The weather service said with "warm air quickly moving inland snow totals have been reduced, with little to none along the coast..."

The precipitation may end briefly as a period of snow on Monday afternoon.

Storm projections for the I-95 corridor towns

Sunday Night: Rain and snow likely before midnight, then rain, snow, and sleet likely between midnight and 1am, then rain after 1am. Temperature falling to near 33 by 9pm, then rising to around 42 during the remainder of the night. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Windy, with an east wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

M.L.King Day: Rain likely before 5pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 37 by 5pm. Breezy, with an east wind 14 to 23 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Storm projections for inland sections of southern Connecticut

Sunday Night: Snow and sleet likely before midnight, then snow and freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet between midnight and 2am, then rain after 2am. Temperature rising to around 38 by 5am. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Breezy, with an east wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

M.L.King Day: Rain likely before 4pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 42 by 8am, then falling to around 36 during the remainder of the day. East wind 11 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

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Wind advisory

Wind advisory issued for Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven- Southern Middlesex

The advisory is in effect from midnight Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday. .East winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

Coastal flood watch issued

Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-Southern Middlesex-Southern New London

A coastal flood watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon for the entire coastline of southern Connecticut.

"Widespread moderate to locally major flooding of vulnerable areas is possible near the waterfront and shoreline, including roads, parking lots, parks, lawns, and homes and businesses with basements near the waterfront," the weather service said. "Several to numerous road closures are possible, and vehicles parked in vulnerable areas near the waterfront may become flooded. Flooding will also extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers and bays."

"There is potential for locally major flooding (3 ft above ground level) for southern Westchester and coastal southwestern Connecticut if strong easterly winds and high waves continue through the time of high tide Monday morning."

The week ahead weather forecast and you can see it remains very cold

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 31.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.

This article originally appeared on the Milford Patch

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