A big-time snowstorm is on the way for Wilton and all of the Northeast this Tuesday, March 14, impacting the majority of the new week (March 13-19). Winter is making a huge comeback after spring-like conditions took over much of our February.
Monday, Mar. 13: Monday will be the calm before the storm, featuring sunny-to-mostly-cloudy skies and freezing temperatures, making for a perfect environment for Tuesday’s snow. Temperatures in the morning will only be in the mid-teens, rising to around the freezing mark of 32-degrees during the afternoon. The good news is that winds will be pretty light, so temperatures will feel pretty close to what they actually are. You’ll want to finish any preparation for this winter storm by Monday evening, though. Power outages are possible, so have your generator (if you have one) ready. Also have a plentiful supply of food and water.
Tuesday, Mar. 14: The main event of this storm, named Winter Storm Stella, will take place this Tuesday. Schools will be closed, major roads may be shut down, and many airline flights will be canceled. In terms of the timing of this major winter storm, snow should begin between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.. The intensity of the snow will pick up during the day, and will be the heaviest from mid-morning through the evening. Then it will wind down and conditions will dramatically improve by the middle of Tuesday night.
Winds will be a major issue with this storm. There is the potential for gusts to reach 50-60 mph, accompanied by likely scattered power outages as well as blizzard conditions. A blizzard is defined as sustained winds or frequent wind gusts of at least 35 mph coupled with visibilities of a quarter mile or less, both consisting for at least three consecutive hours.
I know everyone wants to know how much snow we will pick up. This forecast is still subject to change, but I am pretty confident that Wilton will achieve between 14-24 inches of mainly light, fluffy snow. I realize this is a wide range, but this forecast was made Sunday afternoon (March 12) so it’s still early for snowfall forecasts this far in advance. For lots of updates throughout the day and discussions on the forecast, be sure to visit my website.
Wednesday, Mar. 15: On Wednesday as you dig out from the one to two feet of snow, a few more snow showers and flurries are likely on the backside of Winter Storm Stella. It shouldn’t really amount to much–maybe an additional dusting to an inch. Otherwise the day will be mostly cloudy, gusty, and cold with high temperatures below freezing.
Thursday, Mar. 16: We will be able to fully say goodbye to this snowstorm by Thursday. Thursday will be a beautiful-looking day with mostly sunny skies, but it won’t be beautiful-feeling, because temperatures should still remain below freezing with a continuation of the gusty winds. That will bring feels-like temperatures down to the teens.
Friday, Mar. 17: Friday will be the nicest day of the week, featuring sunny skies and high temperatures finally above freezing. Winds will also calm down, so Friday is definitely the day to enjoy.
Saturday, Mar. 18: Now for the new weekend, I’ll be tracking the next chance for snow. I guess March is the new February in which it is the busy winter month. This chance isn’t looking that significant right now, but the models have been spinning up another nor’easter from time to time around this Saturday. Don’t expect a nor’easter as of now, however.
Sunday, Mar. 19: A few more snow showers are possible again on Sunday, but this all depends on that next potential nor’easter. Other than that, temperatures are looking to be on the mild side compared to the rest of this week.
Jackson Dill is a Wilton High School junior who started the website, Jackson’s Weather. His 7-day forecast will appear each Monday on GOOD Morning Wilton. Visit Jackson’s Weather to find out any changes in the forecast. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JacksonsWeather for around-the-clock updates.