STORM UPDATE AND TIMELINE: When will the snow start and end?

The storm that is coming to Shelton on Saturday will bring a variety of precipitation, but it should begin as snow around midnight tonight.

The city is likely to see freezing rain and just rain as well, while the nor’easter moves up the Atlantic coast. The storm is likely to end as snow late Saturday night in Shelton.

In the process, Shelton should pick up 3 to 5 inches of snow, with more possible if it stays cold enough, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The ground — including roads —  also could become covered with ice.

The snow/rain line will be the determining factor in what happens, with temperatures in the low 30s. No matter what the specifics, it should be a wintry mess on Saturday.

Storm timeline in Shelton

Based on the NWS forecast, the specific timeline for Shelton on Saturday is below:

Midnight:  Snow begins, with 1 to 3 inches accumulating before sunrise.

Mid morning to 2 p.m.:  Snow, freezing rain, and rain.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.:  Snow and rain; another 1-3 inches of snow as well as a coating of ice could fall during daylight hours.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.:  Snow, freezing rain, and rain.

9 p.m. to midnight:  Chance of snow, another half inch possible.

Winter Weather Advisory

The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Fairfield and New Haven counties for Saturday, from midnight to 6 p.m.

The advisory said the area can expect a “mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain,” with an accumulation of “ice” as well.

The most difficult travel should be in the morning to early afternoon, due to heavier snow and visibility issues. Expect “hazardous travel conditions due to reduced visbilities and snow/ice covered roads,” the NWS said.

More snow elsewhere in CT

The storm should be worse in north central and northeastern Connecticut, where a more severe Winter Weather Watch has been issued for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties. That part of the state could see 4 to 8 inches.

The northwestern part of the state, Litchfield County, could get 2 to 4 inches (the brunt of the storm is passing southeast of the Litchfield Hills, so it will get less snow).

Parts of eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could get 4 to 8 inches, although the areas closest to the coast in the Bay State may get much less because most, or all, of the precipitation will be rain.