White or wet Christmas? Still too early to tell

Published on Friday, 22 December 2017 22:46
Written by LISA BACKUS


Central Connecticut could see a white Christmas, according to WFSB-TV meteorologist Scot Haney.

But it’s still a little too early to tell, he said.

“Some of the early models indicated it could be a white Christmas, but the latest models show it will be a bit more of a mix,” Haney said. “People leaving midnight Christmas Eve Mass could see a few flakes, but it won’t start until the pre-dawn hours Christmas Day and go on until 1 or 2 p.m.”

It will be a quick-moving storm that could leave the state with a “nice, white Christmas,” but it was still too early to tell Friday afternoon how much snow will fall and which cities and towns would see the most on Christmas Day, he said.

Friday afternoon into the evening was a cause for concern, with temperatures aloft warming up as rain begins to fall, he said. At the same time, temperatures on the ground were expected to remain at 32 degrees or below, causing the rain to freeze on contact.

Haney said he didn’t expect a serious ice storm but northern parts of the state could see slick conditions well into late morning today.

“In Central Connecticut, there could be icy spots, but it doesn’t look like a major ice storm,” Haney said. Christmas Eve will be fine for travel and any festivities, he said.

Meanwhile, state police are asking residents to drive carefully as the holiday weekend starts.

“Travelers are expected to hit Connecticut highways during the upcoming holidays,” state police said. “State troopers ask motorists to follow all driving laws, as their behavior on the roads is essential to keeping potential hazards at a distance.”

Troopers will conduct roving drunken-driving checkpoints through New Year’s Day.

Last year, from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, state police responded to 528 accidents with 58 injuries, one serious, and four fatalities, including two pedestrians who were hit by cars.

Troopers also made 47 DUI arrests and dealt with 1,596 moving violations.

Overall, troopers responded to more than 8,000 calls for service.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, General News on Friday, 22 December 2017 22:46. Updated: Friday, 22 December 2017 22:49.