UPDATES: Heavy Snow, Ice Left in Winter Storm's Wake

Winter Storm Pax battered the state Thursday — making travel "treacherous" and leaving up to almost two feet of wet, heavy snow in some areas of the state.

Thursday's nor'easter hit the state hard throughout the day Thursday, leaving more than a foot of snow in its wake. Credit: Julie Weisberg
Thursday's nor'easter hit the state hard throughout the day Thursday, leaving more than a foot of snow in its wake. Credit: Julie Weisberg

UPDATE at 6:55 p.m.

As the sleet and freezing rain slowly falls now, encouraging many residents to come outside to shovel and dig themselves out, you may think that the worst part of today's storm is over. 

Think again.

Another round of heavy snow is headed our way late tonight, with snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour, according to the latest National Weather Service winter storm warning.

The light freezing rain will gradually change over to sleet and snow as the evening moves along, and then change to all snow around midnight — becoming heavy at times.

Even a few rumbles of thunder are possible, as the unsettled weather pattern moves through the region overnight. 

Additional accumulations of snow and ice of 4 to 9 inches are expected, with statewide totals reaching anywhere from 10 to 22 inches of snow.

UPDATE at 6:35 p.m.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared a state of emergency in hopes of securing federal funding, as many towns face road salt shortages, given the number of winter weather events so far this season.

UPDATE at 11:25 a.m.

It looks as though the near blizzard conditions the area has been experiencing since earlier this morning, will now continue well into the afternoon.

The National Weather service just issued an updated special weather statement warning the heavy snowfall — up to 2 to 4 inches an hour — and high guts will continue to sit over the region for a few more hours.

"Snow will gradually mix with or change to sleet from south to north during this time period," the meteorologists report, adding an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow are possible through the early afternoon.

Snowfall expectations for the northern parts of the state remain at some 8 to 12 inches. The southern portion of Connecticut, however, will now see upwards of 16 inches of snow today.

UPDATE at 8:50 a.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of "near blizzard conditions" this morning along the southern portion of the state.

As the latest band of heavy snow sits atop the region, snow fall rates will be in the 2 to 4 inches per hour range. That heavy snow along with rising wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour will significantly reduce visibility. 

The blizzard-like conditions are expected to ease as the temperature rises and a wintry mix develops.

"Snow will mix with and possibly change to sleet and rain late this afternoon and evening, before changing back to all snow tonight," the meteorologists stated in their report. "The snow will taper off after midnight."

The coastal flood watch for coastal Connecticut is no longer in effect, according to the National Weather Service's latest weather updates.

The current winter storm warning, however, remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

UPDATE at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday

As it moves up the coast toward Connecticut, tomorrow's nor'easter is shaping up to be the biggest winter storm of the season so far for the region.

Shortly after 4 p.m, the National Weather Service issued an updated winter storm warning this is now calling for some 10 to 14 inches of wet, heavy snow and ice throughout the state.

While travel is expected to be "treacherous" for most of the day Thursday, the weather service also warned that "the heavy, wet snow may cause some weak, flat roof structures to collapse."

"And tress will be susceptible to falling," the meteorologists stated in their report.

In addition to the winter storm warning, a flood watch has also been issued  for much of the state's shoreline as well.

The nor'easter is expected to cause minor coastal flooding during the high tides late Thursday and early Friday morning.

ORIGINAL POST (Tuesday Evening)

It's now certain: Connecticut is going to get another weathery wallop as Winter Storm Pax continues to work its way northward up the coastline.

In advance of the strengthening nor'easter, the National Weather Service already has issued a winter storm watch for the state.

The storm is expected to begin impacting our area from late Wednesday night into early Friday morning.

'Treacherous Travel'

The snow should start to fall overnight Wednesday, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible during the day Thursday.

In addition, periods of a wintry mix of snow and freezing are also possible Thursday — especially along the shoreline. Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour are also expected.

The heavy snow and ice will not only make road conditions dangerous, but could lead to structure damages as well, according to the weather service.

"Snowfall will make travel treacherous on Thursday," the NWS warns in their report. "In addition, heavy wet snow may cause some weak, flat roof structures to collapse and trees will be susceptible to falling."

How Much Snow?

The question of how much snow the storm will bring to the region, however, is still uncertain.

Currently, the NWS says the region could get upwards of 8 to 10 inches of snow, with areas along the shoreline seeing a significant wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.

But the Weather Channel notes in its latest report on the storm, that the system could deliver significantly more —  up to a foot of snow or more — depending on how it tracks up the coast over the next several hours.

"There remains uncertainty with the track of this system which will dictate whether heavier snow falls near the I-95 corridor or just northwest of there in any given location," Weather Channel forecasters state in their online report.

Patch will continue to keep an eye on the sky and provide weather updates on the approaching winter storm, as more information about its track and expected snowfall levels become available.
Larry February 14, 2014 at 02:02 PM
By the way if there's global warming why am I freezing my azz off?
JWG February 14, 2014 at 02:18 PM
In 4 months all the critics will be sweating. So this is New England and you have to love it. If you do not I feel for you. JDC GET OFF YOUR SOAP BOX AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
J D C February 14, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Hey JWG you want me to CHANGE THE WEATHER? Or should I subpoena Killary or Barry Soetoro? Maybe I can talk to my buddy Hamid and make peace with Afghanistan? CLOWN KMA all day long. LMFBO moron.
Len February 14, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Bobbie, you should be ashamed of yourself for feeling that way. Just thinking about how ignorant you are made me throw up alittle in my mouth. You blind voters are the reason this country is in such a mess.
J D C February 14, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Len its no use and I hope you got some Scope around. What did you have for lunch though, LOL? They whacked your mailbox? They got my neighbors too, second time this year! There's NO WHERE to put anymore of it though. If we get any more measurable snow in the next few days they will be breakin out the Heavy's.
J D C February 14, 2014 at 04:04 PM
You seen my soap box Len?
J D C February 14, 2014 at 04:07 PM
OH I was STANDING on it! Okay I'm getting down now to go break ice. lol
Len February 14, 2014 at 04:40 PM
It was time for a new mail box anyway. I cant believe the town supplys and installs for free!! And they were really cool about it.
Len February 14, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I went to bubbas bbq for lunch. It was really good! Goin out with my valentine tonight. How bout you JDC?
PJ February 14, 2014 at 04:56 PM
I am wondering where the bufoon Al Gore is vacationing near the equator.
Kathleen February 14, 2014 at 05:04 PM
I think we're all mislead. No. I know we are. The plan to divide and burst Americans into tiny particles has already begun. (( think deep thoughts here)) And plan is working quite well. Then. A leader - and his followers - will swoop down and band us together under their said rule. Yes. I'm Crazy. But medicated. On FDA approved toxins. Err Meds. Amazingly beautiful day after such a wicked message. Err... Storm.
J D C February 14, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Actually Len my last son was born today, 25 years ago! So its a DUAL day for us. Me and the Valentine have V day EVERY DAY................. She's was standing behind me, is she still there? Bubba's, where is it, Is that the one on Arch St?
J D C February 14, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Kathleen, med's are GOOD! Dont kid yourself. lol If the whole world had meds, there would be NO WARS!
J D C February 14, 2014 at 05:22 PM
pj, do you mean the Al Gore who invented the World Wide Interweb? Last I heard he was standing on the South Pole just waiting...............
J D C February 14, 2014 at 05:24 PM
He was Clintons boy huh? WTF was gettin snorted in THAT White House? Holy sheep Sh*t!
Len February 14, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Bubbas is in the little plaza near everyday gourmet. Near side street.
Len February 14, 2014 at 05:27 PM
I have 3 daughters, 17,7&4. Happy bday to your son
J D C February 14, 2014 at 05:37 PM
OH the old chicken place that was Pepperidge Farms before that? Next to Micro? Thanx I will relay it to him, I have 3 boys and 1 girl 35, 28, 27, 25. My girl is 27.
Bobbie February 14, 2014 at 07:11 PM
OH, Len. You most certainly have not learned from your Political experience. The Republicans and the Tea Baggers have turned this into a tortured world for our Warriors - our Vets - our Children and our Females. So glad that my vote will negate yours. and by the way, I've been around since the presidency of FDR. Reagan and Bush were the worst. Obama will never even come close to their we're closing in on hell presidencies.
Mary May February 15, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Could the town PLEASE plow the whole road Not just the middle ? We have a one lane road now as the shoulder never get plowed. That extra 12 inches on the side needs to get done. Emergency vehicles are having trouble too.
J D C February 15, 2014 at 06:47 AM
Mary May your road is STILL only opened up? If I were you I would call them, the driver probably just forgot to go back. Are you in Milford?
Paige Smith February 15, 2014 at 08:59 AM
I was going to ask what started all these political comments and rants on a story about the storm...but now I remember it was Craig Zac...and possibly partly due to my comment to him, which was meant as a joke...live and learn...will stay on topic next time
Len February 15, 2014 at 09:37 AM
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Len February 15, 2014 at 01:06 PM
JDC! The guys cane to do my mailbox already! I just put in a request 24 hours ago. I gotta hand it to the town on this one!
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J D C February 15, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Len how did they anchor it, use the old hole? Was the ground frozen because as of a couple of weeks ago it wasn't?
Len February 15, 2014 at 08:37 PM
They came with a small covered trailor. Had a small genny in it. A hammer drill with a chisel bit. Chopped through the frozen ground, and finished it with a post hole digger. Mixed up a bag of cement, dumped it in the hole, leveled the post and done! I made them coffee and they were done. Said they had 14 in hamden today alone! Professional and good job
Len February 15, 2014 at 08:37 PM
I ALWAYS do everything myself, so i was watching them closely
J D C February 16, 2014 at 01:54 AM
Haha, me too. FOURTEEN! LOL Were they town workers or subs?


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