The nor’easter heading this way will begin around midnight, with “heavy” snow falling at times in the overnight hours.
From 2 to 6.5 inches of snow could fall, combining with sleet and freezing rain along the way, by the time the fast-moving system leaves the area Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The latest forecast seems to indicate temperatures will be slightly colder than had been expected earlier in Shelton, with rain no longer predicted for the city. The storm’s path appears to going more inland, which in general in Connecticut means more snow to the northwest (Litchfield Hills) and more rain to the southeast (New London area).
Latest storm timeline in Shelton
Based on the latest NWS forecast, the revised timeline for Shelton on Saturday is below:
Midnight: Snow begins, with 1 to 3 inches accumulating before sunrise. Snow could be heavy at times.
Sunrise to 10 a.m.: Snow and freezing rain.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Freezing rain and sleet.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixing with snow and then changing to all snow. The snow could be heavy at times, with another 1.5 to 3.5 inches of combined snow and sleet possible. Also, a coating of ice could cover ground and road surfaces. Winds will pick up as well, with gusts up to 25 mph.
7 p.m.: Storm begins to move northeast of the Shelton area.
Rain/snow line is key
The temperature is key — with that infamous rain/snow line determining whether precipitation falls as snow or in another form. Temperatures basically will fluctuate between the upper 20s and low 30s in Shelton, warming up during daylight hours.
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A Winter Storm Warning for northern Fairfield and New Haven counties is predicting 5 to 8 inches of snow, plus ice. The warning says snow could fall at the rate of an inch an hour in the morning and early afternoon in certain locations.
The NWS has been tweaking its predictions as the storm moves closer, but the newest forecasts include slightly colder temperatures and therefore more snow.
Other parts of the state
Elsewhere in Connecticut, the snowfall predictions have been ramping up except for southeastern Connecticut, where more rain now is expected than before.
According to the NWS:
— northwestern Connecticut (Litchfield County) could see 5 to 9 inches.
— north central (Hartford County) and northeastern Connecticut (Tolland and Windham counties) could see 4 to 8 inches.
— southern Fairfield and New Haven counties could see 3 to 5 inches.