The last official count came an hour ago. It looks like the highest accumulations in Connecticut are only in the 3-5″ range. That will change too.
Meriden Markham Airport’s 2:53 PM observation was the first in the state with a “+.”
SPECI KMMK 081953Z AUTO 02011G18KT 1/4SM +SN FG VV006 00/M01 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP115 P0007 T00001011 TSNO
That’s 1/4 mile visibility in heavy snow!
That’s not the last “+” we’ll see.
There’s actually the hint of 5-6″ per hour snows just to our east in Rhode Island. That’s the kind of rate the areas east of Lake Ontario sometimes get–areas that get hundreds of inches of snow every winter!
The wind begins to ramp up around the same time. As with the snow, strong winds will be with us all night.
Power outages: yes
Trees and limbs down: yes
Blizzard conditions with whiteouts: oh yeah!
The storm surge forecast still has the highest surge out-of-sync with high tide, but at Bridgeport it’s somewhat more aligned than earlier projections. There will be a little flooding at high tide, but not at Sandy levels.
By now you should be where you’re going to spend the next 24 hours.
Let me rephrase that. You’re not going anywhere.
I’ll update later (power willing)