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Winter Storm Warnings Issued

An approaching winter storm is expected to impact the tri-state region during the next few days. 

 A very complex weather pattern will continue to affect the southern US through Thursday, according to the weather service. A mixture of winter weather hazards, including heavy snow and freezing rain will continue across the Southeast Wednesday before moving up the Eastern Seaboard, where it will affect parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast into Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for the entire state of Connecticut. The warning covering northern Fairfield County will be in effect from midnight tonight until 6 am Friday, February 14.

Snow accumulations are predicted to reach between 8 and 12 inches. Winds will be northeast 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s. Visibilities will be one-quarter of a mile or less at times.

Snow will develop late tonight and continue during the day Thursday before tapering off Thursday night. Some sleet may  mix with the snow.

Snowfall will make travel treacherous. In addition, heavy wet snow may cause some weak, flat roof structures to collapse and trees will be susceptible to falling, according to the weather service.

“A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” according to NWS. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

 

Cancellation & Postponement Announcements

Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events planned for Thursday or Friday, February 13 and 14, due to the weather are encouraged to contact Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks, at shannon@thebee.com (preferred) or 203-426-3141 to get their word out. Do not leave a message regarding cancellations or postponements on The Bee’s voicemail. If no one answers, send an email to Miss Hicks.

In addition, businesses that decide to close early — or even open late — are encouraged to contact Miss Hicks with those details.

Announcements will be posted on The Bee’s website, and also sent out through social media, as they arrive.

 

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