Snow turns to rain and wind as area residents deal with another troublesome commute

Published on Monday, 17 January 2022 12:39
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL – Light snow quickly made way to heavy rains Monday morning, according to WFSB meteorologists.

Scot Haney said while the state did see some snow-showers and a few flurries, they quickly died down by Monday afternoon. With temperatures in Central Connecticut climbing back up to highs of 43 degrees, fallen snow soon turned to rain and slush in most parts of the state.

The sun peaked through late Monday morning before quickly returning to grey skies.

“We’ve got a plethora of participation,” he said. “It’s snow or sleet and rain depending on where you are. All in all, it’s not too bad in terms of snow. But the roads [were] still icy and slushy.”

Snowfall reached totals of 1 to 3 inches in Central Connecticut, with 3 to 6 inches toward the northwest part of the state and 0 to 1 inches by the shoreline. The snow was then pushed out of the state to the north.

“The dust is settling,” said Haney around 10 a.m. on Monday. “Snow accumulations may continue into Northern Litchfield County into the evening. Additional scattered snow showers may keep the roads slippery in the hills through this evening.”

There was, however, heavy rainfall throughout the state.

“We’re looking at more than an inch of rainfall,” he said. “Four to 4.5 inches is a month’s worth of rain. Keep your windshield wipers on and your headlights on for safety.”

In addition to rain, Haney said, the state experienced “really gusty winds” along the shore, which he said could have resulted in power outages and some coastal flooding between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Winds reached 50 to 60 miles per hour in New Haven and Middlesex counties.

As of noon on Monday, there were more than 1,700 power outages, which constituted 0.13% of Eversource Connecticut’s customer base. Out of those outages, there were no customers without power by noon in Bristol or New Britain.

On Tuesday, Haney said the weather will see the return of colder air, with high temperatures in the upper 20s.

Wednesday morning will still be cold, but temperatures will rise back into the 30s. However, a cold front on Wednesday evening may bring back isolated rain or snow showers.

Some precipitation may be seen again Thursday morning, with temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to low 30s.

Friday will be the coldest day of the week, with high temperatures in the mid-20s.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 17 January 2022 12:39. Updated: Monday, 17 January 2022 12:41.