High winds precede rain, sleet and snow today

Rain, snow and high winds are expected to start some time Wednesday afternoon as a nor’easter moves into Connecticut — just eight days since Hurricane Sandy left the area.

As Wednesday’s nor’easter nears southwest Connecticut, there is a high wind warning going into effect at 1 p.m. Wednesday for southern Faifield County. The warning lasts until 4 a.m. Thursday.

North winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are expected along the Connecticut coast and “elsewhere across the tri-state area,” according to the weather service.

The winds this afternoon are “capable of producing downed trees and power lines — as well as minor property damage.”

Rain and snow, mainly after noon, are forecast for the area. In New Canaan, winds are expected to be 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected during the day.

Rain and sleet are expected Wednesday night. By 3 a.m. Thursday, it is expected to turn to rain and snow. Accumulation of snow up to a half inch is expected. But winds could gust up to 60 mph Thursday night with steady north winds of 20 to 26 mph.

More rain and snow is forecast for Thursday morning until 2 p.m. before turning to rain. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Winds on Thursday could gust up 37 mph and be steady from 16 to 21 mph.

By Thursday night, winds are expected to die down to 17 mph with gusts up to 28 mph as the clouds clear. Friday is expected to be sunny.

There is a coastal flood warning in effect for Connecticut from 2 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday.

“Moderate coastal flooding will occur mainly this afternoon into early evening,” the weather service said Wednesday. “Minor localized moderate coastal flooding is expected very late tonight and into early Thursday morning. Widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or basements will hamper recovery efforts.”

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