NWS: Icy conditions could cause dangerous travel, power outages in CT

A file photo of an individual walking by an icy tree in Greenwich, Conn. Freezing rain is transitioning over to just rain Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

Freezing rain and slight ice accumulation is possible throughout Connecticut Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service urged commuters headed out on the roads to use caution while driving.

With the freezing rain, came a combined 912 power outages reported by Eversource Energy and United Illuminating by Tuesday morning. Most of the outages were reported in Cromwell, Thomaston and Orange.

Interior southwest Connecticut is expected to see spotty, light freezing rain through 8 a.m., when the forecast says it will switch over to just rain, the NWS said. There could be dangerous travel and “scattered tree damage, downed branches and power outages,” the NWS said.

Dangerous travel and isolated power outages are in the forecast along interior southeast Connecticut, which saw precipitation change over to rain around 2 a.m.

Eversource said in a statement over the weekend that it was prepared to respond to outages as needed, with line workers, tree crews and support staff positioned throughout Connecticut. The utility company said it also brought in out-of-state crews to help.

“The freezing rain, ice and wind expected with this storm could weigh down tree limbs and branches bringing them down on power lines causing outages and making travel conditions challenging for crews,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said.

He said Eversource officials have been closely monitoring the forecast.

As of 6:30 a.m., Eversource reported 445 customers without power, including 221 in Cromwell and 156 in Thomaston.

United Illuminating reported 467 customers in Orange and 80 in West Haven without power as of 6:30 a.m.

In New York, an ice storm warning remains in effect for Orange and part of Passaic counties, despite ice accumulations trending downward in the forecast over the last 12 hours, the weather service said.

While Tuesday’s storm hasn’t caused any major impacts in Connecticut as of around 6:30 a.m., the forecast is calling for a more intense snow and sleet storm later in the week.

Tuesday: Rain throughout the morning with patchy fog rolling in around 9 a.m. The temperature is expected to hit almost 50 degrees. The temperature will drop to around 18 degrees by night, with wind chill values between 10 and 15 degrees.

Wednesday: Sunny with a high in the mid-30s, but wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees. By night, the temperature is expected to drop to around 16 degrees.

Thursday: Snow likely, mainly between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday — although the timing is subject to change. The temperature will hover in the mid- to upper-20s during the day, dropping to the low 20s at night. The chance of precipitation sits at around 60 percent, with accumulation predictions of less than a half-inch likely.

Friday: Snow before 4 a.m., then snow and sleet until around 1 p.m. The temperature will hover in the mid-20s, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation and predictions of 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet. There is a roughly 30 percent chance of additional snow before 10 p.m.

Connecticut Media Group