Wintry mix expected through Friday morning

Saturday's forecast, according to the National Weather Service, is partly sunny, with a high near 16 degrees, and wind chill values as low as zero degrees. The record high for Bridgeport is 55 degrees, set a year ago in 2017.

"There is plenty of ice in place on area creeks and rivers, and the primary risk for flooding will be from ice jams", the weather service said.

He added that you should raise any items in your basement if it is prone to flooding.

"The transition from rain to the ice will be tricky", he said. This is more likely to be an issue for smaller rivers and streams.

"Rain will change to a brief period of freezing rain and sleet by Saturday afternoon", the service said. Total daytime snow accumulation is expected to be around 3 inches.

Hazardous weather conditions are expected throughout the Valley over the next two days, said the National Weather Service.

For the Patriots game, perhaps some minor icing going on with the temperature in the 20s.

The morning commute could be a wintry one Thursday.

Thursday, it was 56 degrees. Scattered snow showers are possible during the day. Windy, with a north wind 16 to 21 miles per hour increasing to 23 to 28 miles per hour in the afternoon. Sunday night will be very cold. On Monday night, expect clear skies with a low around minus 9. Cloudy, with a high near 63.

"Most spots will get close to an 1" of snow. "The potential for significant urban street flooding exists especially with snow clogged storm drains". Some areas may have double-digit snowfall accumulations. There will be some lingering snow showers on Thursday. We are forecasting highs 30-35.

The temperatures are finally above freezing, but the nasty weather is far from over. Temperatures will warm up into the 40s for most communities. This includes rain plus the water equivalent of snow and ice. Then a cold front moves in and temperatures will drop into the teens by early Friday.

Thursday saw a high around 60 degrees, but that was expected to give way to a low of around 20 degrees with wind gusts as high as 31 miles per hour. Saturday will bring temperatures down to 65 degrees and mostly sunny skies. "For the Hartford Area, a 95 year old record fell with 10.2" of snow (previously: "8.1"); at Bridgeport, the prior record of 5.3" (1988) was also well surpassed with 8.0" of snow yesterday.

Vanessa Coleman

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