Greenwich braces for pre-Thanksgiving snow

It might feel like spring again today but get those snow shovels ready, winter weather is set to hit Greenwich on Wednesday.

Forecasts say Wednesday, traditionally one of the biggest travel days of the year since it’s the day before Thanksgiving, could be a real mess as winter arrives with up to eight inches of snow predicted for southwestern Connecticut.

A winter storm watch is in effect for southwestern Connecticut from Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, through Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27, according to the National Weather Service. You’ll be able to get all your latest snow news from Greenwich-post.com and Twitter.com/greenwichpost and make sure and tune in to HANRadio.com .

A mixture of rain and snow on Wednesday morning is expected to change to all snow by Wednesday afternoon, significantly impacting one of the busiest travel days of the year. At a Tuesday press conference, Gov. Dannel Malloy urged people not to travel on Wednesday during the storm. The worst weather for traveling is expected to take place between 2 and 11 p.m.

Forecasts have Greenwich in the six to eight inch range and that covers other towns like New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Wilton, Weston and Westport as well. There could well be higher accumulation to the north in Ridgefield and Danbury. However, on Tuesday morning Jacob Meisel at Swctweather.com said that the path of the storm had shifted slightly which could end up resulting in more rain than snow in Greenwich. The town is preparing though for any result and there will be updates if this impacts schools on Wednesday.

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

After a wet but warm Monday where temperatures were in the low-60s, the unseasonable warmth will continue on Tuesday with highs again in the 60s. But it will cool Tuesday night with lows in the upper-30s and some possible overnight rain.

Wednesday morning should start with a mix of rain and snow with highs in the low-40s before turning to all snow in the afternoon with accumulations of three to five inches by night. Wednesday will be breezy with north winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph during the storm. More snow is likely Wednesday evening with lows in the lower 30s.

The storm will be gone by Thanksgiving morning when New Canaan and Darien’s high school football teams meet in Stamford for the Turkey Bowl FCIAC Championship. For the game, it is expected to be cloudy with highs in the low-40s and a northwest wind of five to 10 mph.That game will be broadcast on HANRadio.com and check out Twitter.com/greenwichpost for full coverage of Thursday’s Thanksgiving showdown between Greenwich High School and Staples.

 

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