Snow, cold expected to welcome 2014

 

The wind whips snow off the Long Island Sound and onto Penfield Beach during a December storm. Winter weather marked by frigid temperatures and a storm are expected later this week. (Kendra Wingate Photo)

The wind whips snow off the Long Island Sound and onto Penfield Beach during a December storm. Winter weather marked by frigid temperatures and a storm are expected later this week. (Kendra Wingate Photo)

There is an increasing likelihood that an extended winter storm — and bitterly cold temperatures — could hit the area late Wednesday night and continue into Friday, possibly extending the Christmas vacation for students.

“Several inches of snow are possible — particularly across the interior,” according to a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday for southwestern Connecticut by the National Weather Service.

“Closer to the coast, accumulating snow could be accompanied by a period of sleet and freezing rain.”

Fairfield schools have been on break since the weekend before Christmas, and are scheduled to reopen Thursday, Jan. 2.

There is still a lot of uncertainty over these forecasts as the potential storm is still over 48 hours away. Depending on which weather forecasts you look at, the storm could range from a dusting to something major.

The weather is, however, expected to get much colder in the coming days and after falling below freezing on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, might not top 32 degrees again until Sunday.

Forecasts call for a low in the teens Monday night, Dec. 30, followed by a high in the low 30s on Tuesday. New Year’s Eve’s low is expected to be in the low 20s.

On New Year’s Day, the high could be 29 before falling to 21 on Wednesday night. There is a 40% chance of snow developing that night. On Thursday, snow is in the forecast for much of the day, along with a high of 26. Thursday night, the snow could turn to freezing rain — or remain snow — as the low drops to 18.

On Friday, Jan. 2, there is another 40% chance of more snow along with a high of 21 before the temperature drops into the single digits that night — for the first time this season. Saturday’s high is expected to be around 28 before it warms up on Sunday into the upper-30s or low-40s.

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