National Weather Service issues Flash Flood Warning

Update Wednesday morning — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the lower Valley and most of Fairfield and New Haven counties until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Up to three inches of rain has fallen in the area and as much as two inches more are expected. Runoff from the rain could cause small creeks and streams to flood. Also roads and low-lying land along streams and rivers could see flooding.

The NWS reminds residents never to drive their cars into flood water. One foot of flowing flood water is enough to sweep a vehicle off the road.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is cautioning residents about the major coastal storm that will impact Connecticut beginning late Tuesday night and lasting into Wednesday.

“The current forecast is calling for heavy rain, minor flooding, and high winds, so I want people to take common-sense precautions to secure their property and be aware of deteriorating conditions as the height of this storm approaches,” Malloy said.

“If you have travel plans [Wednesday], please use caution on the roadways and give yourself some extra time to get your destination,” Malloy said.

Wind gust up to 50 mph

Total rainfall is expected to range from 2 to 3 inches across Connecticut, with a few locally higher amounts. Wind gusts are forecast to be sustained at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph at times inland and 55 mph at the coast.

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and is ready to coordinate any response or assistance that may be necessary, Malloy said.

Hazardous travel conditions expected

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of the potential for flooding in Shelton and the surrounding area over the next two days.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for southern Connecticut, northern New Jersey, and southeastern New York state. Rain is expected to start Tuesday evening, becoming heavy as the night goes on.

Heavy rain is expected to continue through Wednesday, possibly mixing with some snow Wednesday night, making for hazardous travel conditions at the beginning of the holiday weekend.

Warm on Wednesday but cold at night

The NWS predicts temperatures will hover in the upper 30s today and tonight, but will get much warmer tomorrow, perhaps reaching 60 degrees. There is the potential for snow and freezing rain Wednesday night, however, as temperatures once again are likely to drop below freezing.

The forecast for Thanksgiving in Shelton is breezy but clear with a high of about 32. Friday and Saturday look to be sunny and clear, but chilly, with temperatures remaining in the low 30s.