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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter Storm Watch Expanded to Include Westport

UPDATE The National Weather Service early today expanded its Winter Storm Watch to include Westport and western coastal Connecticut.

In late morning, the Weather Service raised its Winter Storm Watch for northern Fairfield County and other inland regions to a Winter Storm Warning from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday and predicted 6 to 10 inches of snow for those areas.

The Winter Storm Watch advisory continued in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning for the coastal region, including Westport. It had earlier only included only inland portions of Connecticut.

The Weather Service said snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible, beginning with a mixture of rain and snow Wednesday morning and changing to all snow by early afternoon.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Private weather forecaster Jacob Meisel, a 2012 Staples High School graduate now attending Harvard College, earlier wrote on his www.swctweather.com blog that coastal towns are likely to see 4-8 inches of snow.

“In coastal towns, widespread amounts of 4-8 inches of a heavy, slushy snow are expected,” he said.

“However, south of Interstate 95 the snowfall forecast drops to 3-6 inches of snow, as the boundary layer warmth is likely to make a difference in that region. 

“And at the immediate coast (literally within a few hundred feet of the beach), I am expecting 2-4 inches of slush. 

“What this means is that some coastal towns could literally see a spread of accumulations from 2 to 8 inches of snow inside their individual town, something that, while ridiculous sounding, is plausible and has occurred before. 

“What I am most confident in at this time, though, is that everyone, all the way down to the coast, will see accumulating snow from this storm.”

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