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Major Winter Storm Update

The latest runs of National Weather Service forecast models have shifted the track of Thursday's storm closer to our area and increased the anticipated amount of snowfall. The North American Mesoscale Forecast System (NAM) is forecasting a major storm or blizzard with 6 to 12 inches of snow and wind gusts to 60 MPH. The Global Forecast System (GFS) has a more offshore track and is forecasting 6 to 12 inches of snow with wind gusts to 50 MPH.

January snow  storm

The following forecast is based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models:

Thursday Morning: Light snow is forecast to begin around 2:00 AM at the southeast CT coast and spread to the northwest into the Hartford area by 5:00 AM. The snow is forecast to become moderate by 7:00 AM with increasing northeast winds gusting to 50 MPH at times by noon. A moderate to major impact on the morning rush hour is expected with a 2 to 3 inch snow cover on most roads and rapidly deteriorating conditions by the end of the rush hour.

Thursday Afternoon: Very heavy snow with snowfall rates between 2 to 4 inches per hour. Strong winds gusting to 60 MPH at times will cause blowing and drifting of the snow and reduce visibility to near zero at times. The strong winds may also cause a minor to moderate number of power outages. A major impact is possible for the afternoon rush hour with 3 to 4 inches of snow on most roads and moderate to heavy snow falling.

Thursday Evening and Overnight: Snow ending from west to east between 8:00 - 10:00 PM with considerable blowing and drifting of snow continuing overnight. Extremely cold with lows near 0 F and winds gusting to 30 - 40 MPH at times.

Friday and Saturday: Extremely cold and windy with highs around 10 F and overnight lows between 0 and -10 F. Wind chills are forecast to range from around -10 F during the days down to -20 to -30 F at night.

Keeping Safe During Winter Storms

  • Stay off the roads if possible.
  • Remove vehicles from the street.
  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths that adjoin your property and clear fire hydrants as soon as possible.
  • Drivers must make sure their vision is not impaired by ice or snow, and snow must be removed from roofs, etc. so it does not slide off and impact or impair other operators.
  • DO NOT shovel or plow snow into the street.
  • If you have a medical emergency, contact 911 for assistance, otherwise refrain from calling police, fire or public works to find out when your street will be plowed. Calls detract from the work at hand.
  • In some communities, snow cleanup usually takes between 16 and 24 hours from the end of a snowstorm. Cooperation in these activities will allow for quicker and more effective clearance of all streets. For questions or for more information, including winter safety tips, visit your town’s website, Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • In the event emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts at
  • Find a local warming station or shelter in your area by calling Infoline at 211.

For additional info on winter weather preparedness go to

snow removal after storm

Reporting Power Outages to Eversource

Prepare a Storm Kit

storm prep kit

Items to be included in the kit:

  • One gallon of bottled water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pet
  • A three-day supply of prescription medication
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes
  • Plastic trash bags and ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Extra fuel (stored in a safe container) for the power generator

Safety Tips for Winter Emergencies

  • If you use a generator, follow all safety precautions provided by the manufacturer.
  • If you use a cell phone, save your power or have a plan to be able to charge the phone.
  • Gather all necessary medications and make sure you have an adequate supply.
  • If you rely on oxygen please be sure you have an ample supply on hand.
  • If you, a friend or family member relies on electricity for life support devices, well water or refrigeration for medications, please make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location. It’s also a good idea to have a battery back-up for medical equipment.
  • For information on emergency disaster services including shelters, please contact the Connecticut American Red Cross by dialing 877-287-3327.
  • For non-emergency services, please contact Infoline by dialing 211 or online at