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Disruptive storm possible this weekend

By Alex Sosnowski • Mar 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Today’s forecast for Norwalk calls for cloudy skies, temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to lower 30s and snow showers.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible.

The same weather pattern responsible for the early March bomb cyclone and the nor'easter on Wednesday and today will give birth to a new storm threat just prior to the middle of March.

The potential for yet another major storm might not be what people want to read about, but there is that risk this weekend into early the following week.

While a great deal may happen with the storm this far out, there is the potential for significant impacts from rain, snow and wind in the eastern part of the nation centered around Sunday and Monday.

Just enough of an atmospheric road block will remain in place to allow yet another storm the opportunity to slow its forward speed and strengthen significantly upon reaching the Atlantic coast later this coming weekend.

The storm is likely to bring locally drenching rain to the South Central and Southeastern states beginning on Saturday and lasting into Sunday.

For Norwalk, the cold air will keep temperatures in the 20s and 30s at least until Tuesday.

Gusty thunderstorms are also possible with the storm in the Deep South.

Depending on how quickly the storm strengthens, it may turn northward and hug the coast enough to bring flooding rain, travel-snarling snow, strong winds and a round of coastal flooding to the mid-Atlantic and New England.

At the very least, there appears to be enough rain, snow, poor visibility and wind in store to have a negative effect on airlines, shipping and commerce in general in the Southern and Northeastern states.

This potential storm, like others have done, is poised to occur at a time when many are taking to the highways and heading to airports to begin or end spring break vacations.

Even if the storm fails to develop to its full potential, which is a major nor'easter, it may cause further interruptions in repair and restoration operations following the early March storm.

Beyond the storm early next week, the weather pattern may evolve enough to end the volatile winter storms along the Atlantic Seaboard.

However, new problems might arise.

"We have to watch for a much warmer storm past the middle of the month which could combine with melting snow to raise the risk of stream and river flooding in the Northeast," said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather lead long-range meteorologist.

A storm track progressively farther to the west could spell more trouble for people in the Central states and may also bring drenching rain and heavy snow in the West. 

Today, the sun will rise at 6:52:01 a.m. and set at 6:29:59 p.m.

On Friday, the sun will rise at 6:50:23 a.m. and set at 6:31:06 p.m.


Local forecast

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - Snow showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Thursday night - A chance of snow showers, mainly before 3 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday - A slight chance of snow showers between 7 a.m. and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Friday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Saturday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Saturday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Sunday - Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Monday - Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Monday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Tuesday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Alex Sosnowski is a staff writer for AccuWeather.com.

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