Winter storm warning remains, coastal flooding expected

FI-snow-flakeA winter storm warning for much of the state, including Greenwich, remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday and a coastal flooding statement has been issued throughout Long Island Sound by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Snow accumulations of five to 10 inches along with approximately one-tenth of an inch of ice are predicted this evening, followed by sleet and freezing rain expected to begin just before midnight. Winds will reach 15 to 25 miles per hour (mph) with gusts of up to 40 mph. Temperatures are expected to rise from the upper teens to the lower 30s late this evening.

Travel conditions will be dangerous and residents are advised to travel only in an emergency, according to the NWS. If travel is necessary, it is recommended that drivers keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicles in case of an emergency.

Above astronomical high tide levels are predicted one hour before, one hour after and during high tide as a result of the storm’s precipitation. The most vulnerable shore roads and/or basements will be impacted the most by coastal flooding due to the height of the storm tide, according to NWS, but there is no significant threat to life and impact on property is expected to be minimal.

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