Mother Nature's going to be playing with her winter toys today, with the National Weather Service forecasting rain, snow and sleet, mainly after 4 p.m. There is also a Coastal Flood Warning and a High Wind Warning for other parts of the state.
So don't dawdle at those after-Christmas sales this afternoon. The good news is that, while you should have your snow shovel and salt ready (just in case!), it looks like any snow will be washed away by the rain. Quite a bit of rain, as a matter of fact.
Here is what the National Weather Service predicts for Naugatuck:
- This afternoon: Snow, mainly after 4 p.m. High near 34 degrees. East wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
- Tonight: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet before midnight, then rain and sleet between midnight and 3am, then rain after 3am. The rain, freezing rain, and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 30. Windy, with a east wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Other parts ofthe state will be hit even harder.
For those living in low-lying areas along the shoreline, the weather service has upped its "Coastal Flood Watch," issued earlier, to a more serious "Coastal Flood Warning" from 8 p.m. to midnight, when the tide is highest. The warning is for western Long Island Sound.
Tides should be 3 to 5 feet above normal and affect "vulnerable shore roads and/or basements."
For the New York metropolitan area, Long Island and coastal Connecticut, the weather service's "High Wind Warning" is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon through 6 a.m. Thursday.
Forecasters say there could be winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph.
"Winds of this magnitude will likely down trees and tree limbs, power lines and holiday decorations and cause minor property damage," according to the wind-warning forecast. "Power outages are possible. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult, especially on elevated roadways and bridges.