9:30 PM: Changing to Sleet Inland

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By Quincy Vagell on December 26, 2012, 9:30pm Last modified: December 27, 2012, 8:10am

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The shoreline has changed to rain and sleet is advancing northward across the state.

As of 9:30 p.m., the southern half of the state has shifted to sleet, while some closer to the immediate shoreline are seeing plain rain. The 9 p.m. observations from 30 degrees at Oxford, with mixed precipitation to 36 at both New Haven and Stratford, with rain. Areas further north were still snow, but the snow/sleet line is racing northward. There may also be a few pockets of freezing rain.

Most of those who are currently reporting snow will change to sleet by midnight, but before that time, there may be anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of additional snow accumulation, mainly close to the Massachusetts border.
The shoreline will stay plain rain and even those along and just NW of I-95 may switch to plain rain. Although there may be a few pockets of freezing rain, the cold layer in the atmosphere is rather "deep", so more sleet is expected.
It is possible that some of the northern hill towns, especially in northern Litchfield County, might still be snowing after midnight.. 

How much snow has fallen so far?
An average of 1 to 4 inches of snow has fallen across the state, with the lowest amounts southeast of I-95 and the highest amounts up near I-84.
4.0 inches fell here in Naugatuck before the snow changed to all sleet by 8:58 p.m.
3.2 inches was reported in Danbury, 3.0 inches in Clintonville, 2.5 inches in Farmington and 2.0 inches in Lisbon. (all reported between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)

The majority of the state will have finished with 2 to 5 inches of snow accumulation, although some 5"+ reports are possible across in northwestern and northeastern Connecticut.

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Quincy Vagell

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