Winter weather could turn Wednesday travel into a mess

Wednesday is one of the biggest travel days of the year thanks to all the Thanksgiving traffic and the first blast of winter weather could wreak havoc.

The National Weather Service on Monday has issued a winter storm watch for northern Fairfield and New Haven counties in effect from Wednesday morning through Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27. Greenwich is in southern Fairfield county, but the weather could end up playing a part in making a messy commute for people looking to start their holidays and the location of the snow could change as Wednesday approaches.

Heavy snow is expected for interior southern Connecticut, according to the weather service, that could bring snow accumulation of four to eight inches.

As of Monday, lower and coastal Fairfield and New Haven counties could see more rain than snow and ice on Wednesday, according to forecasts. That rain is expected to turn into snow Wednesday afternoon but not as much accumulation is expected as there will be to the north. Overnight, some light snow accumulation is expected.

To the north, a mix of rain and snow on Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, could change to all snow by late Wednesday, according to weather service. That snow could continue until early Thursday morning before tapering off to snow showers.

“The snowfall will significantly impact holiday travel making driving dangerous at times,” according to the weather service.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Thanksgiving Day is expected to be in the low-40s and partly sunny.


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