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Wednesday, November 13 Weather

Five reasons why it feels like winter

For the the last three days, we’ve had a taste of winter.

Why does it feel like winter?

Here’s five reasons:

1. Monday morning was the third consecutive day most areas in Connecticut had below freezing temperatures at night. On Saturday most of Connecticut - including the shoreline - had the first frost of the season.

2. Temperatures Monday morning were the coldest since April 5.

Danbury, Norfolk, Meriden and Willimantic had a low of 28 degrees; Oxford and Hartford, 31; and New Haven 32 degrees. Those temperature were between 5 and 6 degrees below average.

After months of above average temperatures, the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for November has below normal temperatures for most of New England.

It was so cold Monday morning there was a frost advisory for all of southern Connecticut.

3. Killington in Vermont, kicked off its ski season on Sunday.

4. Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. on Sunday. The time change brings more hours of darkness. Sunrise was 6:27 a.m. and sunset will be at 4:45 p.m. That’s 10 hours and 18 minutes of daylight - five hours less than we had in June.

5. And finally, there’s a chance of snow in the forecast for Thursday night into Friday.

In its forecast discussion, the National Weather Service says “Wintertime complexities begin to emerge in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.”

The NWS says a low pressure system “will have a sufficient amount of cold air to work with however, so changes in track would bring some snow to other portions of the area.”

On Thursday night, temperatures will be in the upper 20s.

And on Friday night, we’ll feel the coldest temperatures since March when interior Connecticut will have a low of 19 degrees.

Officially, winter will begin at 5:23 p.m. on Dec. 21. That’s 47 days from today.

The forecast

Today: Sunny, with a high near 50. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 9 p.m. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 5 to 9 mph.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Thursday night: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Friday: A chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

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