The storm headed to Shelton on Saturday could drop up to 4.5 inches of snow as well as sleet, freezing rain and just rain in the city, leading to messy travel and the possibility of ice-covered roads.
That’s the latest from the National Weather Service (NWS), which continues to revise its forecast as the nor’easter begins to form and eventually move up the Atlantic coast.
Temperatures in Shelton will play a big role in what happens here, determining whether it’s mostly snow, rain, or something in between that falls in the city.
Eastern CT will get most snow
In eastern Connecticut, mostly snow is expected to fall because the storm will largely be located offshore as it heads on a northeasterly track off the Eastern Seaboard.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for central (Hartford and northern New Haven counties) and northeastern (Tolland and Windham counties) parts of the state, where up to 7 inches of snow could fall, the NWS said. Parts of central and eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, also should see plenty of snow.
But the Litchfield Hills in the northwestern part of Connecticut are expected to get very little snow from this system.
Changing temps on Saturday
In Shelton the storm should begin as snow very early Saturday (just past midnight), then turn to freezing rain and sleet, before changing back to snow, according to the NWS.
Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible in Shelton, plus ice accumulation. Temperatures will be in the low 30s. There also could be strong winds, with gusts as high as 23 mph, the NWS said.
The precipitation should change back to snow in the early evening, with temperatures dropping into the high and mid 20s. Up to another half inch of snow could fall before ending around 9 p.m. on Saturday, the NWS said.
On Sunday in Shelton, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 35 degrees.