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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Storm to Impact Westport – But How Much?

UPDATE The National Weather Service (NWS) is calling it a “potentially crippling winter storm” with the Mid-Atlantic region in the bull’s eye. But how much will it impact Westport?

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The latest NWS forecast calls for 8 to 12 inches in southern Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) National Weather Service graphic

A NWS media briefing today puts Westport and southern Connecticut at the edge of a Blizzard Watch that includes the five boroughs of New York City, coastal portions of northeast New Jersey, and Long Island.

While that area could get 8 to 12 inches of snow, the NWS issued forecast maps that said portions of southern Connecticut coiuld also get 8 to 12 inches even though it is not in the Blizzard Watch area. Late today, it issued a Coastal Flood Watch for Westport and area from from Saturday evening through late Saturday night.

It also said widespread minor coastal flooding is also forecast during the Saturday morning high tide cycle.

The NWS said forecast uncertainties include the storm tracking closer to the coast, causing snow to mix with or change to sleet and rain across eastern Long Island with heavier snow across the New York City metro area and points north and west.

It also said track and speed forecast changes woiuld impact coastal flooding, which is expected to be severe, comparable to Storm Sandy or worse, along the New Jersey coast south of Atlantic City.

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Posted 01/21/16 at 03:00 PM  Permalink



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