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[Update] Town of Simsbury Issues Weather Alert for Winter Storm

Latest forecasts predict 2-4 inches of snow in Central Conn. as winter storm approaches.

[Updated] Nov. 7 at 1:56 p.m.

The snow had already begun to fall in Simsbury shortly before noon on Wednesday as a Nor'easter arrived in the region.

According to a statement from the Town of Simsbury, light snow began falling in the Hartford Area around 11:45 a.m. 

A band of the nor'easter is passing through central Conn. currently and other bands of precipitation could follow this afternoon.

[Video] Snow Begins to Fall in Simsbury as Nor'Easter Arrives

"During the next several hours towns can expect wet snow to fall moderate to briefly heavy at times as these bands move across the state.  Between the bands the snow is expected to be light and may change over to rain or drizzle and then back to snow when the precipitation falls more heavily.   Most roads are wet at this time," the statement said.

The town of Simsbury issued a weather alert Wednesday morning as forecasters were predicting snow and possibly ice for our region.

[Original Article] Submitted by the Town of Simsbury

The Town of Simsbury received the following weather forecast alert from the State’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

The latest computer models are showing a slightly stronger storm with a track slightly closer to the coast with colder air.  These changes favor more wet snow and sleet for Connecticut, strong winds and moderate to pockets of major coastal flooding.  However there is still some disagreement between the forecast models and forecast confidence is only fair to good at this time. 

The National Weather Service has issued High Wind Warnings and Coastal Flood Warnings for Southern CT.  A Wind Advisory is in effect for the rest of the state except Litchfield County and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties. 

Towns can expect snow mixed with rain along the coast to develop by 9:00 AM and spread inland slowly reaching the Hartford area by 11:00 AM.  The timing of the start of the snow will depend on how quickly the very dry air becomes saturated over Connecticut.  This process could take 1 – 3 hours.  A rain / snow line is expected to develop along the coast by noontime.  The precipitation is expected to become moderate by noon and continue through the afternoon as the rain / snow line slowly moves north during the afternoon and into the Middletown area by 6:00 PM.  Snow may begin sticking to un-treated roads by mid afternoon especially in the higher elevations.   

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Total snowfall is forecast to range from 2 - 4” in Central CT up to 7” in the higher elevations of the Northwest Hills and only a slushy inch at the coast.  Colder temperatures with highs only in the 30’s may allow the snow to stick to some untreated roads in Central and Northern CT which is likely to cause slick driving conditions during the afternoon and evening rush hour.

The Town of Simsbury will continue to monitor the conditions and will issue an update by noon today.

Residents are reminded to sign up for emergency alerts with CTAlert and the Town of Simsbury’s Community Alerts by going to the Town’s website and clicking on the Community Alerts icon. 

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