Good Thursday All!
*** A FREEZE WARNING is in effect for southern portions of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties from 2am until 10am Thursday morning***
It was only 3 days ago when we enjoyed high temperatures in the 70s. The official high at Bradley International Airport on Monday was 75 degrees. Yesterday morning, many of us woke up to a coating of snow! 1-3" of snow fell in the higher elevations of Connecticut with Roxbury on the high end of that range. The sudden change in the weather came with a powerful cold front that swept across Connecticut during the late afternoon and early evening hours of Tuesday. It was the same system that drenched much of the state with 1-2" of rain.
Despite unlimited sunshine, highs yesterday were only in the 40s, which is well below the normal high of 61 degrees for April 16th. Now, we're facing record or near record cold this morning. The combination of clear skies and diminishing winds have allowed temperatures to drop into the 20s to near 30 degrees this morning. The record low for the Greater Hartford Area is 25 degrees set on April 17th in 1908. That is a long standing record! The record low in Bridgeport is 30 degrees set in 1962. It is going to be very close in both locations.
Temperatures will remain on the cooler side of normal for the rest of the workweek. High pressure will set up shop over the Canadian Maritimes between now and tomorrow. The clockwise flow around this system will keep us in a cool ocean flow. Highs today and tomorrow will be in the low to mid 50s at best. Today will feature plenty of sunshine, but ocean breezes could bring a little more cloudiness tomorrow.
The Easter weekend is looking better at least when it comes to the temperature! A storm system will pass to the east of Cape Cod on Saturday and a dry northwesterly breeze will develop. Temperatures will reach the 50s to near 60 degrees Saturday afternoon under partly to mostly sunny skies. Easter Sunday will be even milder with highs in the 60s. High pressure should bring a good supply of sunshine and winds should be fairly light.
Next week will be seasonably mild with highs in the 60s Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Plus, there are no major storms on the horizon. The next chance for any rain right now comes Tuesday, so get out there and enjoy some nice, but cool, weather.
Enjoy the rest of the week!
Meteorologist Scot Haney