Video: Complex Setup for Friday Night

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By Quincy Vagell on February 6, 2013, 6:00pm Last modified: February 7, 2013, 7:10am

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An area of low pressure is forecast to develop into an intense low pressure center along the New England coast Friday night. The result will be a powerful storm for the entire region.

-Heavy snow is expected across Connecticut Friday afternoon into early Saturday.
---Warmer air may cause more of a wintry mix along the I-95 corridor and shoreline. 
-Strong winds will cause blizzard conditions across portions of the area.
---Winds out of the east may also cause flooding concerns along the shoreline.

There's high confidence that a major storm will impact the area Friday night into Saturday morning, but there are some very delicate details that could have huge implications.
A band of heavy snow with snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches is expected. Right now, that band of snow is forecast to impact northern and especially northeastern Connecticut. As a result, snowfall amounts of 12 to 20+ inches are likely.
The big wildcard continues to be the shoreline and a potential wintry mix in that area. 
Current forecasts show enough mixing to limit snowfall totals to roughly 6 to 12 inches, but amounts could be locally lower or higher, depending on exactly how far north warm air progresses in Connecticut.
The forecast paints a picture of a classic New England snowstorm. These systems in the past have been known to drop very heavy amounts of snow, but they also have sharp cutoffs from heavy snow to lighter snow. 

Stay tuned to WXedge.com as we fine-tune this forecast over the next day or so.

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