Timetable On Tonight’s Weather

High Wind & Storm Warnings

A High Wind Warning is up for all of southern New England tonight.  Southerly winds will increase to 25-35 mph, with gusts of 50-60 mph during the predawn hours.  I expect the highest gusts to occur between about 2 AM & 6 AM in CT.  The wind speed just 4000 feet above the ground could reach 115 mph shortly before dawn!  That’s a little disconcerting.  A heavy enough shower or thunderstorm might be capable of pulling down enough of that momentum to make for a higher gust than forecast.  Even if we stay in the 50-60 mph range with the gusts, some power outages and downed limbs/trees are likely.

As far as rainfall, modeling is currently indicating more than an inch for Litchfield County, where there is a Flood Watch in effect (partially because ice could clog some streams), but some places in CT might not even see an inch.  Showers will become more numerous during tonight and a few could be moderate to heavy.  Most of the rain will fall between 2 AM-9 AM Thursday.  Don’t be surprised if you hear some thunder toward morning.  The rain should end by 8-10 AM from west to east across CT, and will be followed by some partial clearing.  After starting out above 50, temperatures will crash, reaching the upper 30′s-low 40′s by the end of the day.  Cold weather with then stick around into next week.

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