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Darien forecast: Rain, wind easing as temps fall

Published 5:51 am, Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Heavy rain, whipped by strong winds, is sweeping across southwestern Connecticut early this morning, but is expected to ease by midday, but the balmy temperature of the last day will be heading down to seasonable levels.

The National Weather Service, which maintains a high-wind warning though 6 a.m. today, says that rain will slacken after 11 a.m., but the morning temperature in the mid-50s will slide to the low-40s by 5 p.m. Most of the day will be windy, with a south wind 21 to 30 mph becoming west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent, the NWS says.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature falling to the mid-20s. It will remain breezy, with a west wind 17 to 21 mph, gusting as high as 45 mph.

On Friday, there is a slight chance of snow showers after 1 p.m. Otherwise, skies should be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the mid-30s. There will be a west wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Friday night will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature about 20 degrees. There will be a northwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Saturday is expected to partly sunny, with a high temperature in the low-30s. There is a chance of snow overnight, mainly after 1 a.m. the NWS says, as the temperature dips to a low in the mid-20s. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

On Sunday, there is a chance of snow before 1 p.m., changing to mixed precipitation later. The daytime high temperature will be in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature about 20 degrees.

The outlook for Monday, according to the weather service, is sunny and temperatures in the 30s.