MONDAY INTO TUESDAY: Storm upgraded to blizzard that could dump a few feet of snow in Shelton
The Winter Storm Watch issued for Shelton and the rest of Fairfield County has been upgraded to a Blizzard Watch by the National Weather Service (NWS).
The Blizzard Watch is in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening, according to the NWS. A blizzard could blanket Shelton and the rest of the greater New York City metropolitan area with heavy snow and blowing snow that leaves 1 to 2 feet of snow — even higher amounts in some areas.
The specific prediction for the Shelton area is 18 to 24 inches, based on the latest forecasts.
This follows Saturday's snowstorm in Shelton, which seems to have met expectations by dropping a reported 6 to 7 inches of snow in most parts of the city.
Whiteouts, 'extremely dangerous' travel
The heaviest of the snow and strongest winds are expected overnight on Monday into Tuesday, the NWS said.
Expect “extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds — with whiteout conditions likely,” according to the NWS Bllizzard Watch bulletin. “Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable," the NWS said. "Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”
Strong wings. limited visibility
Winds in Shelton could be 20 to 30 mph during the blizzard, with gusts up to 50 mph, according to the NWS, which also warns of visibility of less than a quarter of a mile. Temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are expected to be in the low 20s.
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Click below to compare how major blizzards have impacted Shelton:
A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities that could lead to whiteout conditions and make travel dangerous.