Most areas of Connecticut are expected to get a dusting of up to an inch of snow on New Year's Eve, most of which should melt off in the expected sunshine of New Year's Day.
But Thursday afternoon, the snow is expected to start again and last through Friday, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon and the National Weather Service.
Snow or not, temperatures are supposed to plunge and get downright arctic. Wednesday's high temperature is expected to be a comparatively balmy 29 degrees, but the thermometer will drop to a high of 24 on Thursday and just 15 on Friday.
The weekend looks sunny and cold with highs in the 20s before another storm system moves in with an expected mix of ice and snow.
Here's the forecast through the weekend for Middletown, a rough midpoint of the state, from the National Weather Service:
- New Year's Eve: A slight chance of snow showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 17. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
- New Year's Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 29. West wind 3 to 8 mph.
- Wednesday Night: A chance of snow, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 21. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
- Thursday: Snow. High near 24. Northeast wind 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
- Thursday Night: Snow. Low around 12. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
- Friday: Snow likely before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
- Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -2.
- Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 22.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.
Sunday Night: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 40%