A nor'easter developing along the mid-Atlantic is forecast to hit our area Wednesday morning — exactly how bad it will be is still up in the air, though.
With the storm expected to intensify as it slowly tracks east, the National Weather Service today issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for southern Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties in Connecticut.
"Forecast uncertainty surrounds the exact details of how this storm will evolve," according to the weather service, "but the potential exists for widespread minor to moderate coastal flooding ... high surf and significant beach erosion along the ocean facing beaches and Twin Forks of Long Island ... and strong winds with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour."
As a result, a Coastal Flood Watch was also issued at 5:09 a.m. today, March 5, and will carry through 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, according to the National Weather Service. The watch affects southern Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties.
In addition, the service says, "While the current forecast keeps snowfall amounts between 1 and 3 inches ... there is a chance for higher accumulations ... mainly Wednesday night."
When Will it Start Snowing in Southbury?
According to the National Weather Service seven-day forecast for Southbury, there will be a chance of rain and snow Wednesday through Friday, and strong gusts of winds during that time.
Light snow may start before 9 a.m. on Wednesday before giving way to rain during the day, according to the forecast. Snow is expected to hit again Wednesday night, with accumulation of between one to two inches.
On Thursday, the chance of rain and snow continues, with minimal accumulation expected, the National Weather Service reports.
Looking ahead to the weekend, things appear to clear up just in time for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.