Snow, ice forecast closes many schools
UPDATE 6:45 P.M.
The National Weather Service has cancelled the winter weather advisory for southern Fairfield County. Plain rain is falling and temperatures have risen to the mid 30s/near 40. No additional ice accumulation is expected.
UPDATE 6:12 P.M.
A two-vehicle accident has closed the the left lane on northbound I-95 between exits 8 and 9
UPDATE: 6:05 P.M.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of southern Fairfield County ending at 8 p.m.
UPDATE: 5:45 P.M.
The state Department of Transportation is reporting a motor vehicle accident just beyond I-95 Northbound Exit 8.
UPDATE 5:30 P.M.
According to the National Weather Service, commuters in the Bridgeport area can expect rain and snow which will gradually become all snow after 9 p.m., then taper off. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. The temperature will be around 24 degrees.
Danbury will experience rain or freezing rain in the afternoon, then rain and snow before 10 p.m., then a slight chance of snow between 10 p.m. and midnight.
UPDATE 4:58 P. M.
Bradley International Airport is open and reporting 35 percent of arriving and departing flights Wednesday were cancelled Passengers are being advised to check with their airline on flight schedules before heading to the airport. Real time flight status updates are available on their website www.flybdl.org.
UPDATE 4:45 P. M.
National weather service has instituted a winter weather advisory until 8 p.m. for northern New Haven and Fairfield counties. Roadways are expected to freeze up as temperatures drop into the 20s tonight causing icy spots in non-treated areas overnight.
UPDATE 4:30 P.M.
Ansonia Public Works Director Mike D’Alessio said the streets were like “an ice skating rink” hours earlier but rising temperatures have aided his crew’s efforts by melting the ice.
“It’s supposed to freeze again overnight,” he said. “So I’ve got my crews coming in at 4 a.m. to re-salt the streets.”
As for snow, he said Ansonia got less than an inch. “We just scrapped it off.”
In Oxford, First Selectman George Temple said the roads “are a little icy” but if drivers take it easy it should not be a problem.
“We got about an inch of snow if that,” Temple said. “Our crews have kept up with it. If they have to go out tomorrow morning, they’ll be out.”
UPDATE: 12:57 PM
The lastest update from the National Weather Service.
For the shoreline:
Freezing rain before 2 p.m, then rain. High near 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.
For inland Connecticut:
Snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 3 p.m, then freezing rain and sleet between 3 and 4 p.m, then rain after 4 p.m. High near 30. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
UPDATE: 11:40 AM
The latest weather concern is freezing rain.
Much of southern Connecticut has either rain or mixed precipitation.
But with temperatures still below freezing, surfaces ice up.
The National Weather Service says temperature will rise this afternoon.
Any untreated surfaces will become slippery, use caution.
UPDATED: 11:11 AM
The latest accident is northbound on the Merritt Parkway in Trumbull.
The right lane is closed between Exits 49N and 51.
UPDATE: 10:48 AM
There is another tractor-trailer accident reported in Stratford.
The truck crash with another vehicle has closed the right, southbound lane is closed between Exits 30 and 29.
UPDATE: 10:44 AM
More problems on I-95.
There is a southbound accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and another vehicle near Exit 2 in Greenwich.
The crash has closed the right lane.
UPDATE: 10:38 AM
Snow has changed to rain in Norwalk.
UPDATE: 10:32 AM
There is a two-vehicle accident on I-95 in Darien.
The right northbound lane between Exits 12 and 13 is closed.
UPDATE: 10:27 AM
Major roads like I-95, I-84, I-91 and the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways are mainly yet.
Slippery conditions exist on the extrance/exit ramps, bridges and on the road shoulders.
UPDATE: 10:18 AM
The heaviest snow has begun falling in the Danbury area and will continue for several hours, according to the Connecticut Weather Center.
Paul Salski, a meteorologist with the center, said they expect accumulations of up to three inches this afternoon before the snow turns to sleet and freezing rain.
But in a positive turn, Salski said temperatures in the Danbury area should move above freezing by around 2 p.m. changing the precipitation to all rain.
“At this point things are looking better for the afternoon commute,” he said.
Salski stressed, however, that standing water from the rain will likely freeze overnight when temperatures dip into the 20’s - making for some possibly icy conditions Thursday morning.
UPDATE: 10:10 AM
Traffic is moving slowly on East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich.
Driving conditions are slippery.
That earlier southbound accident on I-95 now has two lanes closed.
Average southbound speed on I-95 between Norwalk and Greenwich is 20 mph.
UPDATE: 10:03 AM
Starting to see some mixed precipitation along the shoreline in southwest Connecticut.
UPDATE: 10 AM
Two-vehicle accident southbound on I-95 between Exits 3 and 2 in Greenwich. The left lane is closed.
UPDATE: 9:50 AM
The National Weather Service is monitoring mPING today to keep an eye on the rain/snow line and get an idea of where the wintry mix is occurring.
mPING (Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground) is an app you can download for free to report the precipitation type that is occurring right over you.
This data you send not only helps the NWS identify the rain/snow line and areas of wintry precipitation, but is also used in research.
Find out more here: https://mping.nssl.noaa.gov/
A check of the app shows snow is falling in the eastern part of the state in New London.
UPDATE: 9:40 AM
Temperatures still well below freezing.
The rundown: 26 in Greenwich, 25 in Norwalk, 23 in Wilton, Danbury, Brookfield, Newtown and Oxford. It’s 19 in Torrington and 16 in Norfolk.
UPDATE: 9:34 AM
Heavy, wet snow now falling in Norwalk.
UPDATE: 9:23 AM
The snow is picking up in intensity in the Greenwich area with snow starting to cover I-95.
UPDATE: 9:11 AM
The National Weather Service projects snow, sleet to continue till around noon along the shoreline.
The changeover will be about an hour later in the Danbury area.
Rain is likely from 3 to 7 p.m.
UPDATE: 9:04 AM:
Snow is moving from west to east with snow falling now in Newtown and Oxford.
Radar shows heavier precipitation several miles from Greenwich.
UPDATE: 9:01 AM
Snow is now falling in parts of western Connecticut.
The snow started falling in Greenwich about 8:50 a.m. and a half-hour later in Norwalk.
The threat of snow and ice has closed a number of schools.
With a forecast of slippery conditions, closed schools include Ansonia, Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Cheshire, Christian Heritage in Trumbull, Danbury, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Emmett O’Brien Tech in Ansonia, Fairfield, Guilford, Hamden, Henry Abbott Tech in Danbury, Hopkins School in New Haven, J M Wright Tech in Stamford, Kolbe-Cathedral High in Bridgeport, Lauralton Hall in Milford, Litchfield, Madison, Middletown, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Fairfield, New Milford, New Haven, Newtown, North Haven, Notre Dame in Fairfield, Orange, Oxford, Platt Tech, Regional School Districts (5,6,9, 12,13,14,15 and 16), Ridgefield, Seymour, Sherman, Stamford, Torrington, Trumbull, West Haven, Wilton and Winchester.
The closing list is changing by the minute. Click HERE for the updated list.
The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect for all of Connecticut from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While little snow accumulation is expected in southern Connecticut, there is the threat of freezing rain.
“Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” the NWS says. “Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”
Little or no snow is expected along the Connecticut shoreline. Inland areas like Danbury and Oxford could see between 2 and 4 inches of snow before it turns to rain.
Metro-North says “customers should anticipate possible delays due to inclement weather in our service area. Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, on platforms and staircases.”
The most significant impacts from the weather are Wednesday morning through this evening.
Snow will accumulate through the morning and early afternoon.
Precipitation will transition to a wintry mix then to freezing rain from south to north Wednesday morning.
A slight change in the track of the storm will affect the type of precipitation and snowfall and ice accumulations.
Because the forecast varies across the state, click on the links for a more local forecast:
Compiled from reports by Rob Marchant and Dirk Perrfort.