Black ice possible during Wednesday morning commute in CT
As Tuesday’s precipitation comes to an end across Connecticut, the National Weather Service said there is the likelihood of patchy ice conditions through Wednesday morning.
Surface temperatures are expected to fall below the freezing mark Tuesday evening and overnight, leading to areas of black ice on the roadways. Temperatures likely will not rise above freezing until Wednesday morning.
“Use extra caution if traveling and be prepared for slippery road conditions,” said a special weather alert from the NWS. “Use extreme caution if you encounter icy roads.”
Tuesday night, southern Connecticut was under a winter weather advisory until 8 p.m. because of freezing rain and the possibility of additional ice accumulations.
Low pressure will move towards the region Tuesday afternoon and offshore by Tuesday night.
Additional snow showers are possible on Wednesday behind a strong polar cold front.
High temperatures Wednesday afternoon will be in the 30s to around 40, but will plummet into the single digits across the interior and in the teens elsewhere.
With gusty winds overnight, wind chill temperatures will be below zero into Thursday morning.
And with those low temperatures, Gov. Ned Lamont has directed state departments to active severe cold weather protocol, which will go into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesdsay and run through 9 a.m. Saturday.
Any one in need of a place to keep warm can find a shelter by calling 211. A person seeking a warming center does not have to call 211 before going into a warming center.
A list of warming centers can also be found at this link. If a town or city does not have any warming centers listed, individuals in need of a place to keep warm should check with libraries, senior centers or other public locations that often double as a good place to stay warm or seek shelter in these cold temperatures.
Tuesday: Freezing rain and sleet before 2 p.m., then rain and sleet. High near 34. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.
Tuesday night: A slight chance of rain and sleet before 10 p.m. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 24. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Increasing clouds, with a high near 34. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. West wind 6 to 11 mph.