Snow, Graupel Mixing in with Rain

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By Quincy Vagell on November 13, 2012, 1:32pm Last modified: November 13, 2012, 4:04pm

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Snow was mixing in with the rain shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Clintonville section of North Haven, Conn.

We've been getting numerous reports of snow and graupel over the past half hour.

Snow has been mixing in with the rain in spots and other locations have reported graupel. Graupel is chunks of ice that are similar to sleet/ice pellets and are sometimes mistaken for rain.

Overview:
Nick from Clintonville reported snow a short time ago. My friend Lis in Bethel reported snow near the Danbury town line and Emily reported graupel (ice chunks) near the Danbury Fair Mall. Jamie just reported ice pellets in Bridgewater.

Radar echoes indicate "bright banding", which means either snow flakes or ice is being reflected back to the radar beam. The precipitation is moving out quickly and temperatures are well above freezing, so little to no accumulation is expected.

Radar precipitation type indicates some graupel in the greyish-pink color:

Radar image below indicates "bright-banding" with the yellows and oranges:
 

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Quincy Vagell

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