Icy Start Sign of Things to Come

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By Quincy Vagell on October 12, 2012, 7:45am

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Many towns woke up to icy windshields and readings in the mid-30's today.

When I left around 7 this morning, I was mildly surprised to see a rather thick layer of ice around my car. I don't have an official station up, but I'm guessing Naugatuck, like many other towns, fell into the mid-30's.

At 7 a.m.
The coolest official reporting station was KIJD Windham Airport with 35 degrees. They fell to an hourly low of 34 at 6 a.m. Meriden and Danbury were sitting at 36 degrees, meaning that several outlying towns were probably a few degrees cooler.

Freezing fog?
I think part of the reason some of us had a thicker "than normal" crust of ice on our cars was due to some freezing fog. When fog forms at temperatures near or below freezing, it can cause extra ice buildup on some surfaces, especially cars, metal railings, etc.
I checked out Windham's latest observation and it read "obscured sky, fog." Even though the temperature at 2 meters above the ground was 35 degrees, it's possible for cooler surfaces, including the ground, to glaze over with ice. In addition, the fog was so dense there that visibility was 0.2 miles and there was no way to see the sky/cloud cover.

Get ready for temperatures a solid 8 to 10 degrees cooler tonight!

Side note
Notice that the CT River valley is in the mid-40s...why such a large temperature change? Part of the reason is that winds wind calm at Danbury, Meriden and Windham, allowing for temperatures to take a tumble with better radiational cooling. 

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