CT Rain Tuesday: East Vs West

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By Steve MacLaughlin on April 22, 2013, 4:47pm Last modified: April 23, 2013, 10:00am

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We are watching our next storm system currently just off the Southeastern coast of the United States. It is forecast to move up the East Coast tonight, but stay far enough off-shore that there will be huge differences from west to east across Connecticut.

The image above shows the surface map Tuesday afternoon. Notice the area of low pressure, which is the center of the storm, close enough to give us rain but far enough away that much of the state will miss out on the big-time rain.

At any point tonight and Tuesday morning across the entire state, we can expect clouds and some showers. But by the afternoon, there will be a sharp cut-off...Western CT may see some sunshine late in the day, although the clouds will still win out. But Eastern CT may see on and off rain all day long and no sunshine at all. In fact, there are indications that there could be some very heavy rain showers in Windham County and especially New London County stretching down to the eastern end of Long Island.

Portions of Western CT may see little to no accumulating rain at all...only some very light drizzle, while areas east of I-91...especially extreme Eastern CT could see up to a full inch of rain.

Wednesday is looking like it should be an incredible day in between Tuesday's exiting storm and another cold front coming in on Wednesday night. Strong southwesterly winds should pop our temperatures up to the mid 60s or even warmer with plenty of sunshine. The timing of the cold front may be perfect...while most of us sleep (or at least after sunset) on Wednesday night with any lingering showers on Thursday morning quickly getting out and setting us up for a beautiful Thursday, Friday and weekend. About the only thing we need to watch in late Sunday for our next chance of rain, but if it comes later, we might have our fifth consecutive great weekend.

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