Snow Expected to Slam Southington Friday into Saturday

The Southington area is about to be hit hard as a blizzard heads straight for Connecticut an threatens to drop as much as two feet of snow in some areas.

Break out those snow shovels and get your winter weather gear ready because Southington is in for a wild wintery start to the weekend.

Just days past the 35th anniversary of the historic Blizzard of '78, which dumped more than two feet of snow on Connecticut, another major winter storm is bearing down on us and current computer models indicate it could bring as much as a foot of snow to some areas.

The National Weather Service today says that the current track of the storm could bring "near blizzard' conditions to parts of the state by Friday night "with significant snowfall likely" across eastern Connecticut and eastern Long Island.

In Southington, the National Weather Service is calling for snowfall of 12-24 inches, with snow beginning as early as 8 a.m. on Friday and continuing through midday Saturday.

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Winds could also gust up to 45 miles-per-hour during the heaviest part of the storm Friday evening and overnight.

"Heavy snow and gusty winds will bring the potential for near blizzard conditions. The worst of the storm will be Friday night into Saturday morning," the alert said. "Snowfall rates of 2 - 3 inches per hour possible. Travel may become nearly impossible with blowing and drifting snow."

The short? Be prepared to stay inside and don't drive unless you absolutely have to.

The impending snow is the result of two storms that are coming together, one from the Great Lakes region, the other from the Gulf Coast, as they approach the Northeast, according to Fox Meteorologist Rachel Frank. The Gulf system has a lot of moisture and the one from the Great Lakes is bringing little precipitation but plenty of cold air, Frank says.

A mix of rain and snow is expected to fall Thursday night, but the real event will begin on Friday when snow will spread across the state in the morning and will continue into Saturday morning. Some areas will see a few inches of snow, but the eastern part of the state could see as much as a foot of snow, the weather service is currently predicting.

The long range forecast
calls for clearing on Saturday with temperatures remaining in the 20s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with temps climbing into the 30s, according to the weather service.

In 1978 a blizzard hit the state on Feb. 6
and the storm, which raged for about 24 hours, left as much as 30 inches of snow in some areas, forcing the closing of the state and paralyzing traffic for days.

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Hugh Cares February 07, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Let it snow let it snow........


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