There is an increasing likelihood that an extended winter storm — and bitterly cold temperatures — could hit the area late Wednesday night and continue into Friday, possibly extending the Christmas vacation for Shelton students.
“Several inches of snow are possible — particularly across the interior,” according to a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday for southwestern Connecticut by the National Weather Service (NWS).
“Closer to the coast, accumulating snow could be accompanied by a period of sleet and freezing rain,” the NWS said.
Shelton public schools are scheduled to reconvene on Thursday, Jan. 2, having met last on Friday, Dec. 20 due to the winter holiday recess.
A dusting to something major
There is still a lot of uncertainty over these forecasts as the potential storm is more than 48 hours away. Depending on which weather forecasts you look at, the storm could range from a dusting to something major.
The weather is, however, expected to get much colder in the coming days and after falling below freezing on Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, it might not top 32 degrees again until Sunday.
In the teens for the ball drop
Forecasts for the Shelton area call for a low of 12 on Monday night, Dec. 30, followed by a high of 31 on Tuesday.
The overnight low on New Year’s Eve’s night — when many people will be out ringing in the new year — is expected to be 19, according to the NWS.
Snow expected Thursday and Friday
On Wednesday, New Year’s Day, the high could be 29 before falling to 22 at night. There is a 30% chance of snow developing that night, the NWS said.
On Thursday, Jan. 2, snow is “likely” for much of the day, with a high of 24. The snow should continue on Thursday night as the low drops to 11.
On Friday, Jan. 3, there is another 60% chance of more snow along with a high of 16 before the temperature drops to almost zero that night — with a predicted low of 1 above, the NWS said.
Saturday’s high is expected to be around 22 before it warms up on Sunday into the upper-30s. However, more snow — perhaps mixed with rain this time — is possible late Sunday into Monday.