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Westport weather: Snowy prelude to spring

Published 6:48 am, Monday, March 18, 2013
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The "official" start of spring is just two days away, but winter weather will hold sway later today and tomorrow in southwestern Connecticut.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 p.m. today to 10 a.m. tomorrow: There is a chance of light snow starting today about 5 p.m., with the daytime high temperature rising to the mid-30s. There will be an east wind 6 to 15 mph.

Tonight, snow is likely about 10 p.m., then changing to mixed wintry precipitation later as the temperature dips to a low in the low-30s. There will be an east wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible, the NWS says.

Tomorrow, the precipitation will be all rain as the day goes on and the temperature rises to a high in the mid-40s. There will be an east wind 12 to 17 mph, becoming north 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between one-quarter and one-half an inch possible.

Tomorrow night, there is a slight chance of showers before 9 p.m. as the temperature dips to the mid-20s.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny, with a high temperature ear 40 degrees. Nighttime will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-20s.

Thursday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high temperature about 40 degrees. Night skies will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-20s.

The outlook for Friday, according to the weather service, is sunny and temperatures in the 40s.