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High Wind, Coastal Flood Warnings in Effect for New Haven County

Storm is expected to bring high winds and coastal flooding to southern Connecticut, in addition to dropping some snow and ice in the area before turning over to rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning and coastal flood advisory for New Haven County as a strong winter storm moves into the area this afternoon.

Although areas north of the shoreline are expected to see several inches of snow and/or ice, total accumulations throughout southern Connecticut are not expected to exceed an inch.

The high wind warning for New Haven County goes into effect at 4 p.m. this afternoon and will continue through to 6 a.m. tomorrow — with winds expected to gust up through to 60 miles per hour or more tonight into the early morning hours.

"Winds of this magnitude will likely down trees and tree limbs, power lines and holiday decorations, and cause minor property damage," the meteorologist reported, adding that power outages tonight are also possible. " Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult, especially on elevated roadways and bridges."

Additionally, those traveling for the holiday should be extremely cautious if heading north. Accumulations in Massachusetts and Northern New England could be significantly more — up to 16 inches in spots — the weather service said.

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