Possible snow, high winds and freezing temps predicted Wednesday afternoon into Thursday
A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York according to the National Weather Service.
A wind chill advisory due to an arctic cold front will past through the region from 1 p.m. through 7 p.m. Wednesday. Winds of 15 to 30 mph are predicted with gusts up to 50 mph. Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected. A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph, or gusts of 46 to 57 mph, are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, in open areas, and on elevated roads and bridges. Use extra caution.
The front is also predicted to include a line of snow showers and/or squalls that will lasts around 30-minutes to one hour. Brief whiteout conditions with a quick coating to an around an inch of snow is possible in any of the heavier snow squalls. Motorists should plan for hazardous travel during the evening commute.
A wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight tonight through 10 a.m. Thursday. Very cold wind chills are expected. Wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero are expected. Wind chills could cause frostbite if precautions are not taken.
The full forecast:
Snow showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.