The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting 4 to 8 inches of snow will fall in Shelton on Wednesday.

The NWS said tprecipitation should start as rain before 8 a.m., then become a mix of rain and snow between 8 and 11 a.m., and then turn to all snow after 11 a,m. The temperature will fall to around 33 degrees by the early afternoon.

The chance of precipitation in Shelton on Wednesday is 100%, according to the NWS.

Snow to continue into the night

The snow should continue into Wednesday night, ending about midnight. The overnight low Wednesday night into Thursday will be around 27 degrees in Shelton.

How much snow this area gets is a matter of where the rain/snow line forms during what will be a classic nor’easter, with a system heading up the Atlantic coast. Predictions have been changing based on the expected temperatures in the morning and the system's arrival time.

In this region, the NWS has issued a Winter Storm Advisory for southern Fairfield and New Haven counties (3 to 5 inches of snow), and a Winter Storm Warning for northern Fairfield and New Haven counties (4 to 8 inches of snow).

Winter Storm Warnings also are in effect for all of northern Connecticut, with up to 14 inches of snow possible in Litchfield County.

State to open EOC to monitor storm

On Wednesday, Connecticut’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated at 8 a.m. so state officials can monitor storm conditions across the state.

Also beginning on Wednesday morning, the Connecticut National Guard will begin reporting  strength-and-equipment status from all armories across the state in anticipation of possible deployment during the storm period.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is encouraging residents to be careful when traveling, with Wednesday being one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Malloy suggested people might want to travel on Thursday morning rather than on Wednesday, if possible. He urged drivers to “use caution and take it slow if you must travel on Wednesday.”