Storm expected to drop ‘nuisance’ snow overnight: 2-3 inches expected

Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant

A storm that is expected to start late Sunday afternoon and go overnight will likely only two or three inches of snow in the Hartford region.

The National Weather Service forecast Sunday called for as much four inches in the Litchfield Hills to possibly a rainy, slushy mix along the shoreline. The Hartford area should expect about two to three inches snow overnight just enough to cause a of “nuisance,” according to the weather service forecast.

Forecasters initially forecasted as much as five inches overnight for the Hartford area, but that changed in the past 12 hours, according to Gary Lessor, chief meteorologist at the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center.

Lessor said the storm didn’t come together quick enough to cause a major snowfall for the state. Lessor said the heaviest snow will likely take place between 6 p.m. into early Monday morning but stop before the morning commute and school bus routes begin.

“I’m not going to say there won’t be some delays but the storm should be over by then,” Lessor said.

Lessor said whatever snow does fall won’t last long as temperatures are expected to reach 40 Monday and will be above average for the rest of the week.

“There’s not a lot of cold air behind the storm — temperatures should be in the 30s to near 40 on Monday afternoon and the rest of the week, so the melting should be quick,” Lessor said.