Winter storm watch issued; Up to 8 inches possible Thursday, Friday

A winter storm watch issued for Shelton indicates the worst of the storm may hit later than first forecast.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the watch for Fairfield and New Haven counties from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. Now forecasters are leaning toward the worst of the storm hitting Thursday evening.

Heavy snow and winds could drop 4 to 8 inches of snow, according to the NWS. Winds could be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, and temperatures in the teens and possibly lower, the NWS said.

‘Dangerous travel conditions’

During the storm, visibility could be down to less than a quarter of a mile. The snow, along with wind-blown snow, “will be capable of producing dangerous travel conditions,” according to the NWS.

A winter storm watch means there is potential for snow, sleet or ice accumulations that might impact travel during the specified time.

The extreme cold should come with the height of the storm, from Thursday evening until Saturday morning. Temperatures in Shelton could drop below-zero at times.

Upcoming weather by day

Here is the NWS weather outlook for Shelton during the next few days:

Tuesday, Dec. 31 night (New Year’s Eve):

Partly cloudy, small chance of snow early, low of 17 degrees.

Wednesday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day):

Mostly cloudy, high of 30, nighttime low of 22 degrees.

Thursday, Jan. 2:

Light snow begins in morning, high of 24 degrees, snow picks up at night, very windy, nighttime low of 8 degrees.

Friday. Jan. 3:

Snow continues into mid-afternoon, high of 10 degrees, clears up at night, nighttime low of -2 degrees.

Saturday. Jan. 4:

Mostly sunny, high of 23 degrees, nighttime low of 19 degrees.

Sunday, Jan. 5:

Rain and snow possible, high of 36 degrees, nighttime low of 27 degrees.