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Concerns Rise Over Severe Weather On Christmas Eve, Day In CT

The National Weather Service issued advisories for a powerful storm forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Connecticut.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for Connecticut on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for Connecticut on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Patch Graphic)

CONNECTICUT — It's not exactly a merry weather forecast — Connecticut is expected to get slammed by a strong storm that will produce heavy rain and 60 mph wind gusts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

A hazardous weather outlook and high wind watch are in effect for southern Connecticut on Christmas Eve through Christmas morning.

"Flooding will be possible Thursday night into Friday," the weather service said. "However, there remains uncertainty in the location of the heaviest rain."

Christmas Eve will start off cloudy and the chance of rain will increase in the afternoon. Wind gusts will average 20-30 mph. The rain will be heaviest after midnight and early Christmas Day.

The strongest wind gusts will be in southern Connecticut, especially along the coast and in the southeastern part of the state.

There was some talk a couple of days ago about the rain ending as snow Christmas Day, but that is no longer the case. However, temperatures will plummet Christmas Day. Right after midnight on Christmas morning, temperatures will be near 60 degrees. By late Christmas Day, temperatures will fall into the low 20s across the state.

It will remain cold for the weekend, with daytime highs in the 30s.


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Here are the weather advisories and updates based on where you live:

Northern Middlesex-Northern New London-Southern New Haven: A high wind watch is in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible.


Southern Fairfield: A high wind watch is in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible.


Southern Middlesex-Southern New London: A high wind watch is in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning. South winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible.


Northern Connecticut: Thursday: A chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: Showers, mainly after 7pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 48. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Christmas Day: Showers, mainly before 1pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 57. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Friday Night: A slight chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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