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Wednesday, January 16 Weather

Coldest temps this winter, possible snow in the forecast

If you’ve been wondering when it will start to feel like winter, here it comes.

It comes from a strong low slowly treking northeast through the Canadian Maritime Provinces through tonight, with a trailing secondary cold front pushing south through the region from tonight into Friday morning. Canadian high pressure then builds in through Saturday.

As a result, the National Weather Service says we’ll have our coldest temperatures of the winter with lows of 9 in northwest Connecticut and in the teens along the shoreline Friday night.

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, the coldest temperatures last month were on Dec. 8 with a low of 12 degrees at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks; 13 degrees in Danbury; 18 in New Haven; and 20 in Bridgeport and Greenwich.

Since winter began on Dec. 21, the coldest temperatures at night were in the low 20s.

And since the first of the year, eight out of nine days have averaged 8.5 degrees across Connecticut.

Highs Thursday should be a few degrees below normal, mainly from around 30 to the mid 30s, with afternoon wind chills mainly from the upper teens to lower 20s, with northwest winds gusting to 25 to 35 mph.

Lows Thursday night should be around 5 degrees below normal, mainly from the mid teens to around 20 and late night wind chills mainly from around 5 to 10 above, though areas north of New York City could see values down around 0.

Winds should gusts to 20 to 35 mph Thursday night. Highs on Friday should range from the mid 20s to around 30, with the entire area likely staying at or below freezing.

Highs on Saturday should be a degree or so warmer than those on Friday, with again most of the region staying at or below freezing.

Snowfall

The last significant snowfall we had was on Nov. 15 when up to nearly 11 inches fell in New Fairfield and around 6 inches along the shoreline.

So far, the 6.3 inches of snow that has fallen at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford is about 2 inches below average.

The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of some light snow Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Between 1-2 inches is possible in the NYC metro area, to either side of an inch most elsewhere. A 50-mile shift north of a storm would roughly double these amounts and a 50-mile shift south would cut accumulation totals in half.

The forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Wind chill values between 5 and 10. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 9. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight.

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Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of light snow after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.

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