SATURDAY: Snow begins this afternoon; Up to 5 inches possible in Shelton

Snow should begin to fall this afternoon in Shelton, continuing into the evening.

A total of 2 to 5 inches could fall in the area, depending on the storm track of a system heading up the Atlantic coast, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts are expected to take the brunt of this storm, with a foot or more of snow possible in some of those locations.

Snow this afternoon and tonight

In Shelton as of noon Saturday, it is 30 degrees and overcast. Temperatures should drop into the mid-teens tonight.

Southwestern Connecticut should get 1 to 3 inches of snow this afternoon and perhaps another 1 to 2 inches after dark, the NWS said. Winds also will pick up as the day goes on, with gusts up to 35 mph.

Winter Weather Advisory issued

The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Fairfield County due to the storm. It is in effect until midnight tonight.

“Hazardous travel conditions due to reduced visibility and snow covered roads,” the NWS said. “Blowing and drifting of snow will also reduce visibility.”

More snow Sunday, Monday, Tuesday?

There also is the possibility of snow in Shelton on Sunday late afternoon, Monday night and most of Tuesday, according to the NWS. On Tuesday, the snow should change to rain as temperatures rise.

Monday is a holiday with the observance of Presidents Day, and government offices and some businesses will be closed. In Shelton, schools are closed on Monday and Tuesday for a two-day Presidents Day break.