A winter storm could bring “significant” snowfall on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures tomorrow are forecast to be in the low 30s, creating conditions that are likely to lead to a mixture of rain, ice and snow as a low pressure system passes through. Upwards of 4-8 inches of snow is predicted, with pockets of 8-10 possible depending on the storm’s path across the northeast. The National Weather Service has issued a "storm watch" for New Haven county and states that 4 to 6 inches of snowfall is possible. This afternoon, Weather.com notes Branford can expect rain Saturday night into Sunday.
You can follow what people in Branford are Tweeting about the weather here, on Weather.com's Social Weather page.
Paul Piorek, the News 12 weatherman, expects a coating to 3 inches along the coast and upwards of six inches inland, according to his @news12ctpaul Twitter account.
Winds are expected to pick up, too, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour possible. That, coupled with heavy wet snow and trees still flush with leaves, could lead to downed limbs and power outages. Branford's electric provider CL&P issued the following statement about the impending storm:
We have all of our line crews on-call starting Saturday morning. We are encouraging our customers to be prepared. Do you have a "lights out" kit and your needed supplies? Are your ready to possibly be without power? The forecast of heavy, wet snow and high winds, along with the many trees still full of leaves, has the potential to cause major problems.
If it materializes, the first major snow event comes a bit early for Connecticut. The weather service said it’s rare for a storm like this in October.
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