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Nor’easter brings snow, wind

Huntington covered in snow

Thursday, 7:45 a.m. — All Shelton public and parochial schools are closed today, due to storm.

UI reports that just 6 people are without power this morning.

Wednesday afternoon — The National Weather Service updated its Winter Weather Advisory, saying that accumulations of 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation is possible, with higher amounts away from the coast. About 1 to 4 inches was initially predicted.

Driving conditions became slippery in the early afternoon as snow began to stick to roads.

Shelton’s Public Works Department said it was busy prepping trucks to go out and treat the roads this afternoon.

Power outages, which were finally down to about 11 this morning, shot back up this afternoon to 1,304 customers without power, UI reported. But by 4:50 p.m. UI had Shelton outages down to 207 customers.

The heaviest snow will fall this afternoon and evening.

“A combination of snow, gusty winds and temperatures around freezing could make travel difficult at times, especially in higher elevations,” The National Weather Service said. “This combination could also bring down trees and power lines.”

Due to the onset of the storm, Shelton canceled afternoon kindergarten and pre-k classes.

Snow and wind started Wednesday afternoon as a nor’easter moves into Connecticut — just eight days since Hurricane Sandy left the area.

Wednesday morning — As Wednesday’s nor’easter nears southwest Connecticut, there is a high wind warning going into effect at 1 p.m. Wednesday for southern Fairfield County. The warning lasts until 4 a.m. Thursday.

North winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are expected along the Connecticut coast and “elsewhere across the tri-state area,” according to the weather service.

The winds this afternoon are “capable of producing downed trees and power lines — as well as minor property damage.” In Shelton Wednesday morning, 11 people are without power.

Rain and snow, mainly after noon, are forecast for the area. In New Canaan, winds are expected to be 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected during the day.

Rain and sleet are expected Wednesday night. By 3 a.m. Thursday, it is expected to turn to rain and snow. Accumulation of snow up to a half inch is expected. But winds could gust up to 60 mph Thursday night with steady north winds of 20 to 26 mph.

More rain and snow is forecast for Thursday morning until 2 p.m. before turning to rain. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Winds on Thursday could gust up 37 mph and be steady from 16 to 21 mph.

By Thursday night, winds are expected to die down to 17 mph with gusts up to 28 mph as the clouds clear. Friday is expected to be sunny.

There is a coastal flood warning in effect for Connecticut from 2 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday.

“Moderate coastal flooding will occur mainly this afternoon into early evening,” the weather service said Wednesday. “Minor localized moderate coastal flooding is expected very late tonight and into early Thursday morning. Widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or basements will hamper recovery efforts.”

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