Monday morning snow could last all day; Up to 5 inches possible

A snowy road in Shelton during a past snowstorm. (File photo)

A snowy road in Shelton during a past snowstorm. (File photo)

Those hoping for a snowy Super Bowl are going to be disappointed Sunday night, but school children hoping for extended weekend might be in luck on Monday.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Shelton and the rest of southwestern Connecticut for Monday morning through evening. Hersam Acorn Radio will be on with live storm coverage on this website beginning at 6 a.m. Monday. You can tune in at SheltonHerald.com.

The Hersam Radio Radio team will share closings, delays and traffic information. Closings and delays can be sent to the Hersam Acorn Radio team by email at [email protected].

 

From 3 to 5 inches being forecast

Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with more in some areas, are in the forecast for Monday, Feb. 3, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Winds are expected to pick up Sunday night, from 5 to 10 mph, before increasing to 10 to 15 mph on Monday. The temperature is expected to drop into the mid-30s Sunday night, from Sunday’s high around 50. By Monday morning, the temperatures is expected to be below freezing.

During the height of Monday’s storm, visibility could be less than a half mile, according to the NWS.

The NWS winter weather advisory, issued Sunday afternoon, is in effect Monday from 5 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

School closings possible

According to SWCTWeather.com, there is a 50% chance for school closings in southwestern Connecticut because of the storm, as of 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jacob Meisel, who runs SWCT Weather, tweeted that as much as 5 inches of snow could fall by the coast, with a potential for heavy snow between 8 and 10 a.m. – at the height of rush hour.

Meisel has advised residents to, if possible, avoid travel until 1 p.m., when temperatures may briefly rise above freezing.

 

Wet and heavy snow expected

The storm is expected to start with a light rain or wintry mix after midnight. “As the precipitation becomes heavier Monday morning, the precipitation will change to all snow,” according to the NWS  advisory. “The snow will taper off from west to east during Monday afternoon and end by early evening.”

Unlike the previous two major snowstorms, this snow is expected to be wet and heavy. The two bigger storms in January brought light, dry snow that made clearing roads and sidewalks easier.

“The wet snow may add extra weight to tree branches and power lines, potentially causing isolated power outages,” the NWS said.

Forecasters are also keeping watch on another potential for significant snow on Wedneday. More details will be posted as they become available.

 

 

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