Patchy Freezing Rain Possible Tonight

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By Quincy Vagell on January 29, 2013, 3:35pm Last modified: January 30, 2013, 5:04am

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With cold air wedged into Connecticut and precipitation approaching the area tonight, some patchy freezing rain is possible. Sheltered areas of northern Connecticut have the greatest risk of seeing some icy conditions into the first part of tonight.

Periods of rain move into the state after 5 p.m. Light to moderate rain will cause temperatures in some parts of northern Connecticut to fall into the lower 30's.
The result will be areas of freezing rain and icy conditions through midnight.

Temperatures should rise above freezing in all areas by 1 or 2 a.m., so the icing concerns are only for the first part of the night. At the same time, precipitation will taper to just scattered showers and drizzle with areas of fog. 

Ice/freezing rain is NOT a concern for the Wednesday morning commute.

As of 3 p.m., temperatures across inland Connecticut were in the low to mid-30's. With dew-points below freezing, including 29°F at Windsor Locks and 30°F at Oxford, temperatures could fall a couple of degrees as precipitation moves in. This lines up with the NAM and HRRR forecasts, which both show patchy freezing rain and temperatures near freezing across parts of northern Connecticut through 6z. Based on surface observations and model forecasts, much milder air should quickly move into the state after 6z. In fact, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. was already 48°F as of 3 p.m. However, the NAM/HRRR forecasts show sub-freezing temperatures wedged into northern CT while southeastern NY sits in the 40's.

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