CT Emergency Officials Warn of “Major” Winter Storm for Saturday

illustration: DESPP

The CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection‘s (DESPP) latest alert on Thursday evening warned of a “major winter storm” expected for Saturday, Jan. 29, as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in our area for “a strengthening Nor’easter forecast to move up the East Coast.”

A low pressure system is still forecast to form off the North Carolina coast Friday evening, and will very rapidly intensify as the storm moves to the northeast. The latest runs of the multiple weather computer models have remained consistent, as forecasters say we can expect a Nor’Easter (with possible blizzard conditions in eastern CT) starting before daybreak on Saturday and continuing until Saturday evening. Depending on how much the storm shifts east or west will determine whether Western CT and Wilton will see heaver snowfall.

As of now, the forecast calls for heavy snow with total accumulations of 6-9 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph in portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York.

According to DESPP, Northeast winds could gust to 50-60 mph at times along the coast with temperatures in the upper teens and low 20s. The impact on travel could be major with very low visibilities and snow-covered roads. A minor to moderate number of power outages are possible. Most air travel in the Northeast could be cancelled. Total snowfall could range from 6-12 inches in Western CT, 12-16 inches in Central CT, and 16-20 inches in Eastern CT (especially near the RI border).