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Westport weather: Winter's last (snowy) gasp changes to rain

Updated 6:38 am, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Snow filters through lights in the Staples High School parking lot after Monday night's Board of Education meeting, with the storm leaving several inches in its wake two days before the official start of spring.  WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/18/13 Photo: Paul Schott / Westport News
    Snow filters through lights in the Staples High School parking lot after Monday night's Board of Education meeting, with the storm leaving several inches in its wake two days before the official start of spring. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/18/13 Photo: Paul Schott

 

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Light snow that began falling last night across southwestern Connecticut has largely changed to rain early this morning, but the several inches of accumulation left in the storm's wake poses commuting hazards and several school delayed openings.

The National Weather Service that light wintry precipitation -- mostly rain -- will continue through midday on this last full day of the winter season, as the daytime high temperature rises to the low-40s. There will be an east wind 8 to 17 mph, becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with the temperature dipping to the mid-20s and a west wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Tomorrow, which marks the "official" start of spring, should be sunny and temperatures will rise to about 40 degrees. Nighttime will ne mostly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-20s.

On Thursday, there is a slight chance of snow before noon, the NWS says, under cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-30s. Night skies remain cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-20s.

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

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high temperature in the low-40s. Skies will be partly cloudy overnight as the temperature registers a low of about 30 degrees.

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