Connecticut Weather: 3rd Nor’easter Leads to Winter Storm Watch

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Well that escalated very quickly. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Connecticut in advance of another major nor’easter, which is expected to drop anywhere from four to possibly as much as 18 inches in some locations. The snow arrives late Monday and really picks up Tuesday morning.

On Friday, it appeared that the third nor’easter in recent weeks would go out to sea and have almost no impact on the state, but here we are on Sunday night staring at another major March snowstorm. It’s looking like a sure bet that students and staff will have a snow day on Tuesday. The morning commute to work will be a nightmare for those who have to go into the office on Tuesday.

Here are the particulars on the Winter Storm Watch details based on where you reside. For Fairfield and New Haven counties heavy snow is now expected and snow could accumulate between 4 to 8 inches with winds gusting up to 45 mph at times. Once again there are concerns for possible power outages.

For Middlesex County and the New London County coast six to 12 inches of snow is predicted with winds gusting to 50 mph at times.

For northern areas of New London County, six to 12 inches is expected and the wind gusts will be between 35 and 45 mph.

For Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties, 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected and some areas could end up with as much as 18 inches, the weather service predicts For Litchfield County, six or more inches of snow is predicted.

Of course the timing for this new storm couldn’t be worse. Power was knocked out to 165,000 Connecticut residents on Wednesday, and the utilities have managed today to restore power to almost everyone, and now another nor’easter arrives Monday night.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 960 Eversource customers are still without power and United Illuminating Co. is reporting 47 residents without power.

Eversource officials say they are continuing to work around-the-clock in an effort to restore power to impacted residents. Eversource crews with the help of hundreds of utility workers from around the country, have restored power to more than 243,000 customers, replaced approximately 400 utility poles and strung more than 110 miles of new overhead lines – all while the company closely tracks the next storm expected to hit Connecticut Tuesday morning.

Crews are focusing on the remaining single or scattered outages. These are more complex outages that take additional time to complete and may require assistance from a private electrician or contractor, Eversource said in a statement. Lineworkers are going to each of these individual locations to assess what additional equipment or effort may be required to make repairs.

The company is also keeping a close eye on the next storm. Eversource line and tree crews, along with many of the out-of-state workers already in Connecticut, will again be ready to respond to the storm expected to hit the region Tuesday morning, bringing more snow and wind, the company said.

United Illuminating announced Sunday that it has completed major restoration efforts following the March 7 winter storm. As of 4 p.m., service had been restored to virtually all of the customers who lost power in the Wednesday night storm, which delivered a punishing combination of whipping winds and wet, heavy snow.

UI customers remaining without service included those with electrical issues on the property that prevented immediate reconnection. Over the course of the event, the company restored electric service to a cumulative total of more than 46,000 customers.

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The bad news is that another nor’easter will bring accumulating snow to Connecticut late Monday and Tuesday but the good news is that this third nor’easter will be nowhere near as strong as Friday’s powerful storm that dropped numerous trees and power lines across the state, which knocked power out to more than 160,000 residents.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook in advance of the storm’s arrival late Monday. A general 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected before the precipitation ends Tuesday.

For Southern Connecticut, the weather service says, “Low pressure will intensify and track south and east of Long Island Monday night into Tuesday. An advisory level snow is expected, but there is also a low to moderate potential for a warning level snowfall.”

For Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties, the weather service says “Another coastal storm passing southeast of Nantucket should bring accumulating snow Monday night into Tuesday. Accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are most likely at this time … Keep in mind these amounts will likely change so stay tuned for updated forecasts and possible headlines for winter weather.”

For Litchfield County, weather service says, “A coastal low may bring a period of light to moderate snow Monday night into Tuesday. Uncertainty remains with the eventual storm track and snowfall amounts across the region, with areas east of the Hudson River with the higher probability for moderate snowfall.”

Monday will be mostly dry before rain and snow arrives late Monday night before it turns to all snow overnight into Tuesday.

Here we go again. Parts of the state could see over 6 inches of snow. #nbcctpic.twitter.com/hIO06q8Q3h

— Josh Cingranelli (@WeatherJosh) March 11, 2018

Here we go again-Monday Night-Tuesday. Heavy wet snow with wind gusts! We will keep you updated on @WTNH . Tomorrow will be fine during the day! #WTNHweatherpic.twitter.com/ohhIQ9TqTr

— Gil Simmons (@gilsimmons) March 11, 2018

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Here are the snowy forecast details for the Connecticut coast:

Monday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11pm. Low around 30. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. North wind 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tuesday: Snow likely before 1pm, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Northwest wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


Here are the snowy forecast details for inland sections of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties:

Monday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11pm. Low around 29. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Northeast wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tuesday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 37. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


Here are the snowy forecast details for Northern Connecticut:

Monday Night: A chance of rain before 9pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 9pm and midnight, then snow likely after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 32. North wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Tuesday: Snow, mainly before 4pm. High near 35. North wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday: A chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain showers between 1pm and 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


Here are the snowy forecast details for Litchfield County:

Monday Night: Snow likely, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tuesday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday: A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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