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Friday, January 19 Weather

After light snow, 14-day deep freeze to end

We have some light snow in the forecast for Monday.

Although accumulation will be light - less than an inch - the timing of the snow could cause some problems during the late afternoon/early evening commute.

The National Weather Service says “as a cold front approaches the area today, light wintry precipitation is expected to develop out ahead of the front this afternoon. Along the coast, expect a wintry mix of snow, sleet and possibly freezing rain, while inland locations will most likely remain as snow. A coating to a half an inch of snowfall is expected before the precipitation comes to an end this evening.”

Exactly when the snow will begin depends on what forecast you look at.

For southwest Connecticut, along the shoreline, the National Weather Service says there is a “chance” of snow from 3 to 5 p.m. and “likely” between 5 and 8 p.m.

For the Danbury/New Milford area, the NWS says snow is “likely” between 3 and 5 p.m.

The bigger weather news is warm-up of daytime temperatures later in the week.

Monday will be our 14th consecutive day of below-freezing temperatures. The last time we saw temperatures above 32 was on Christmas Day.

On Sunday morning we woke up some of the coldest temperatures in years.

Danbury and Meriden airports set new records with a low of minus 14 degrees.

Another record was set at White Plains airport, near Greenwich, when the temperature bottomed out at minus 2 degrees.

Tweed-New Haven Airport in East Haven saw zero degrees; another new record.

Oxford airport had its lowest reading at minus 9 on Sunday,

The warming trends kicks Tuesday with a daytime high of 41 degrees. Toward the end of the week, daytime temperatures should hit the 50s.

A storm system moves in Thursday night, but because of warmer temperatures the precipitation will be rain.

The forecast

Today: Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 8 p.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. West wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 37 by 4am.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Thursday Night: Rain likely, mainly after midnight. Areas of fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

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