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Monday, July 16 Local

Wind, rain, wintry mix in the forecast through Monday

After two days in a row of weather over 70 degrees, Mother Nature is planning to blast the area with some cold again.

Wind, rain, flooding and maybe even a wintery mix are possible over the next couple of days.

The shift in weather will be caused by a strong frontal system approaching the region Sunday into Sunday night, crossing through the area on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The system is expected to bring heavy rain with isolated thunderstorms, gusty winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding late Sunday night into Monday.

A light wintry mix is likely Sunday morning through Sunday evening.

Anywhere from 2 to 3 inches of rain is likely, with higher local amounts possible, Saturday night through Monday. The heaviest rain is expected to fall Sunday night into Monday afternoon, with 1.5 to 2 inches possible in a six-hour time frame.

This rainfall could cause localized flash floods, particularly along the coast during high tide Sunday night into the early afternoon Monday. The water could flood onto parking lots, parks and homes and possibly damage properties near the shoreline in southern Fairfield County, the National Weather Service warned in an advisory.

Though thunderstorms are possible from Monday morning into the afternoon, they are not currently expected to be severe.

Winds are possible between 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 to 40 mph, Sunday night into Monday morning along the coast. There will be a period of winds between 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph, late Monday morning into Monday afternoon across coastal southeastern Connecticut.

“These winds may blow down a few tree limbs and cause isolated power outages,” the NWS said.

Patchy light freezing rain or drizzle is likely Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon. There is the potential for a very thin layer of ice.

Tara O'Neill|Breaking News Reporter

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