Weather update: Up to 10 inches now possible, below-zero temps expected

Near-blizzard conditions are expected in what could be the worst storm yet this season, lasting from Thursday into Friday, Jan. 2 and 3, according to a winter storm warning issued New Year’s Day by the National Weather Service (NWS).

From 6 to 10 inches of snow could fall in the area on the first two days after most school vacations end. Temperatures are expected to drop to below-zero on Friday night into early Saturday evening in Shelton.

Worst of storm is Thursday night

The worst of the storm, which the weather service said could bring “near blizzard conditions” to southwestern Connecticut, are forecast for Thursday evening into Friday morning.

Snow and strong winds are expected to start Thursday, according to the NWS.

This winter storm warning replaces the winter storm watch issued on New Year’s Eve. The warning goes into effect at 4 a.m. Thursday morning through 1 p.m. Friday afternoon for Shelton and all of southwestern Connecticut and surrounding areas.

Expected are 6-10 inches of snow

“One to two inches are forecast through the Thursday morning rush hour, followed by a lull,” the NWS said. “The most significant period of snow will redevelop by Thursday evening and continue into Friday morning.”

Snow accumulations could total six to 10 inches in Shelton and the surrounding area.

The forecast also calls for bitter-cold temperatures and winds from 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph in southwestern Connecticut. The wind chill could be from 5 to 15 below-zero starting late Thursday into Friday.

Snow emergencies declared

Some area cities, such as Bridgeport, have already declared snow emergencies.

Blizzard warnings have been issued for all of Long Island, across the Sound in New York state.

The combination of a light, dry snow and windy conditions could make driving conditions treacherous in southwestern Connecticut. Visibility, the NWS said, could be down to one-quarter to a half mile at times.

Below-zero temps expected Friday night

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Sunday.

Friday is going to be the coldest day in a while, with a predicted high of 15 and low of -3 in Shelton, and forecasters say it will feel even colder with the wind chill.

Hersam Acorn Radio storm coverage

Hersam Acorn Radio will provide live coverage of the storm, from area closings, traffic, area road conditions and news from all over southwestern Connecticut.

The Shelton Herald is part of the Hersam Acorn network of newspapers, websites and radio.

The first Hersam Acorn broadcast is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, followed by early morning coverage on Friday, Jan. 3 of school closings, traffic and more. You can tune in to Hersam Acorn Radio at on your computer, smartphone or tablet.