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Westport weather: Brrr-acing for the deep freeze

Published 6:20 am, Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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The region is in the grip of a deep freeze today and the next several days, according to the National Weather Service.

The daytime high temperature in southwestern Connecticut, despite clear skies, is expected to rise only to the upper-teens, the NWS says, with scattered snow flurries possible after 1 p.m.

The wind-chill value could feel as low as minus-7 degrees, because of a northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Tonight, scattered flurries are possible as clouds move in. The overnight low temperature is expected to drop to about 5 degrees, with wind-chill values as low as zero. The northwest wind will be 5 to 8 mph.

Tomorrow should be mostly cloudy through mid-morning, followed by gradual clearing as the temperature rises to a high of about 20 degrees. There will be a blustery north wind 9 to 14 mph, increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon, that will push wind-chill values to minus-5 degrees.

Thursday night should be mostly clear, with a low temperature around 9 degrees, and wind-chill values as low as zero.

On Friday, the NWS says there is a chance of snow after 3 p.m., with temperatures in the low-20s. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Snow is likely Friday night, mainly between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday, with an overnight low temperature in the upper-teens. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Saturday should be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the upper-20s. Nighttime will be mostly clear, with a low temperature in the low-teens.

The outlook for Sunday, according to the weather service, is mostly sunny and temperatures about 30 degrees.