It may feel like spring again today, but winter is on its way — and just in time for one of the busiest travel days of the year.
National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters are saying up to 8 inches of snow could fall in southwestern Connecticut, with a mix of rain and snow starting as early as 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
The precipitation will switch over to all snow by 11 a.m. or, at the latest, early afternoon.
The snow should continue for about 12 hours or so, ending slightly before midnight, with 6 to 8 inches likely in Shelton and higher amounts in northwestern Connecticut, according to the NWS.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the NWS for southwestern Connecticut from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning.
A more intense Winter Storm Warning has been issued for northern Fairfield County and all of Litchfield County, where 10 to 16 inches of snow is possible.
‘Significantly impact holiday travel’
“The snowfall will significantly impact holiday travel, making driving dangerous at times,” the NWS said of the Shelton area.
Wednesday also will be breezy, with north winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph during the storm. The wind chill temperature could dip into the low 20s during the day.
The storm will be gone by Thanksgiving morning, when the Shelton High School football team is scheduled to host Derby High in the annual Thanksgiving Day classic. On game day, there will be cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 30s, the NWS said.