Expect 3-6 inches of snow Saturday, the National Weather Service said Friday.
The service issued an urgent winter weather message early Friday, saying the snow will fall all day Saturday and into Sunday morning – a far cry from earlier forecasts of little to no snow.
The winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, the service said.
“Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving,” the NWS warned.
The weather service and meteorologists said the storm’s path was hard to predict because of changing conditions. On Thursday, it said: “Still lots of uncertainty regarding exact storm track, intensity and evolution of rain-snow line.”
Fox 61 meteorologist Rachel Frank expressed the same uncertainty for Saturday snowfalls.
“In terms of a range, we’re forecasting two to four inches in western and central Connecticut, and central Connecticut is right on the border between three to five inch amounts, so there could be some higher amounts as you head further east,” she said.
“I’ve got to tell you, some of our computer models are going with a more substantial storm then this, four to seven inches pretty widespread, and others are going much less: a coating to an inch or two,” Frank said.
Before the snowy Saturday, Friday will bring partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s, the NWS said.
On Saturday, the biggest chance for snow is the afternoon into the evening. The temperature is forecast to be in the mid 30s and lows in the mid 20s.
Flurries may linger early Sunday morning, the NWS said, but most of the day remains clear.
The next chance for snow isn’t far away. Forecasters are watching another system that could graze the state Tuesday night and early Wednesday.