Wintry mix could last all day
The service has issued a winter storm warning for the area. Freezing rain and sleet expected before 2 p.m., then snow, freezing rain, and sleet between 2 and 4 p.m., with a chance of snow after 4. The freezing rain could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 23 by 5 this evening. Wind chill values between 10 and 20, according to the National Weather Service.
Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.3 to 0.5 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible, according to NWS.
The forecast led Trumbull Public Schools to cancel Monday and the town has issued a parking ban. However, some businesses still planned to open later in the day Monday. See our list of what's open and what's closed.
In addition, Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Monday and directed nonessential state employees to report to work at 10:00 a.m.
Last week, Governor Malloy activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol through Feb. 8, which directs the DESPP’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Housing (DOH) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.
“State emergency management officials continue to prepare for the potential impacts of this storm and continue to provide me with regular updates,” Gov. Malloy said.
The main weather story across the continental U.S. will be a strong surface low pressure system tracking across the northeastern U.S. on Monday and Monday night, the weather service said.
This will be a potent winter storm from the Ohio Valley to New England, and numerous winter storm warnings are in effect from eastern Ohio to Maine, where snowfall amounts on the order of six to 12 inches can be expected, with locally higher amounts.
Bitterly cold weather will settle in behind this system from the Upper Midwest to New England.