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Weather Service: 'Near Blizzard' Conditions Friday Into Saturday

Current computer models of the approaching storm show it bringing "significant snowfall" to the state.

Just days past the 35th anniversary of the historic Blizzard of '78, which dumped more than two feet of snow on Connecticut, another major winter storm is bearing down on us and current computer models indicate it could bring as much as a foot of snow to some areas.

The National Weather Service today says that the current track of the storm could bring "near blizzard' conditions to parts of the state by Friday night "with significant snowfall likely" across eastern Connecticut and eastern Long Island.

The weather services says it is still watching the approaching system and is holding off on issuing any hazardous weather warnings until the track and size of the storm become more clear.

The impending snow is the result of two storms that are coming together, one from the Great Lakes region, the other from the Gulf Coast, as they approach the Northeast, according to Fox Meteorologist Rachel Frank. The Gulf system has a lot of moisture and the one from the Great Lakes is bringing little precipitation but plenty of cold air, Frank says.

A mix of rain and snow is expected to fall Thursday night, but the real event will begin on Friday when snow will spread across the state in the morning and will continue into Saturday morning. Some areas will see a few inches of snow, but the eastern part of the state could see as much as a foot of snow, the weather service is currently predicting.

The long range forecast calls for clearing on Saturday with temperatures remaining in the 20s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with temps climbing into the 30s, according to the weather service.

In 1978 a blizzard hit the state on Feb. 6 and the storm, which raged for about 24 hours, left as much as 30 inches of snow in some areas, forcing the closing of the state and paralyzing traffic for days.

Richard Poulton February 06, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Funny how all morning long the Weather Channel has been predicting 3" to 6" along the CT shore line. More interior. Yes, Maine may get over a foot. Time will tell.
thomas February 06, 2013 at 06:39 PM
it will blow out to sea more scare tactics
Bob Fawkes February 06, 2013 at 07:40 PM
The Hartford Civic Center roof caved in as a result of the snow and ice from that '78 storm, if I remember correctly. Agree with Thomas though. Scare tactics are always good for business as the sheep rush about in their pajama bottoms stocking up on potato chips, nachos, beer and the latest Red Box offerings.
Richard Poulton February 06, 2013 at 08:13 PM
J.A., remember last years "run" on buying snow roof rakes? Stores ran out in days.
Silence Dogood February 06, 2013 at 08:18 PM
These kids will be going to school into August!
Bob Fawkes February 06, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Yep, I remember. Best to just hunker down, throw some wood in the fireplace and stay off the roads, if it gets dicey out there. Wife wants me to buy a couple of those metal storage racks with multiple shelves from Home Depot. She stocked up during the recent Shop Rite "Can Can" sale and my "Honey Do" for today is to get those dozens of cans of everything organized in the basement. Stay safe out there.
Richard Poulton February 06, 2013 at 10:13 PM
No fireplace. But my 4 X 4 is gased up. As in past bad storms I volunteer to take medical staff people to and back from hospitals, & nursing homes. Generator all warmed up just in case of power outage. Stay safe as well.
melinda tillie February 07, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I think that this one will be at least as bad as 78 here . They all say 12_24 in 78 we had 27. the winds are what is so bad here with a NE wind gusts to 75 [hurricane force] friday and Sat will be rememorable. Make sure you have a non electric can opener! Hope we keep power and that EH does also.

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