A meteorological lump of coal is Mother Nature's post-Christmas "gift" today for southwestern Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.
In a "hazardous weather outlook" issued for the region today and tonight, the NWS says a snowy mix of freezing precipitation is expected to begin falling this afternoon, with high winds and coastal flooding possible.
The daytime high temperature is expected to be only in the upper-30s, with an east wind 7 to 12 mph, increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon -- and gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent, the NWS says. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than one-half inch possible.
Rain -- heavy at times -- is in tonight's forecast, and with tonight's high tide about 10 p.m. pushed even higher by the full moon, the rain and winds could trigger coastal flooding, the NWS warns. The temperature will dip to a low of about 35 degrees. There will be an east wind 24 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Tomorrow, rain is likely mainly before noon. The high temperature will be in the mid-40s, with an east wind 14 to 18 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Tomorrow night, there is a slight chance of rain before midnight. Skies will be mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low temperature in the mid-20s and a northwest wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
On Friday, skies should be sunny, the NWS says, with a high temperature near 40 degrees. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the low-20s.
By Saturday, there is a slight chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain and snow later in the day. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a high temperature in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. There remains a chance of snow Saturday night, with a low temperature in the mid-20s. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
On Sunday, snow remains possible, but skies otherwise will be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the low-30s. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature about 20 degrees.
The outlook for Monday, New Year's Eve, is partly sunny and temperatures in the 30s, according to the weather service.