NWS: Fog could reduce visibility in southern CT

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A file photo of an individual walking by an icy tree in Greenwich, Conn. Freezing rain is transitioning over to just rain Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

A file photo of an individual walking by an icy tree in Greenwich, Conn. Freezing rain is transitioning over to just rain Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

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After freezing rain in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon, southern Connecticut is seeing reduced visibility into the early afternoon as fog moves in.

The National Weather Service indicated that locally dense fog will reduce visibility to about a half or quarter of a mile — or less — at times until around 12:15 p.m.

“Anyone out driving should be prepared for sudden changes in visibility, use low beam headlines or fog lamps and allow extra braking distance in case a sudden stop is needed,” the weather service said.

The weather service urged commuters headed out on the roads to use caution while driving Tuesday morning as freezing rain and ice accumulation hit the state.

With the freezing rain, came a combined 912 power outages reported by Eversource Energy and United Illuminating by Tuesday morning. Most of the outages were reported in Cromwell, Thomaston and Orange.

The forecast called for dangerous travel and “scattered tree damage, downed branches and power outages,” the NWS said. Eversource said in a statement over the weekend that it was prepared, with line workers, tree crews and support staff positioned throughout the state and out-of-state crews on standby.

“The freezing rain, ice and wind expected with this storm could weigh down tree limbs and branches bringing them down on power lines causing outages and making travel conditions challenging for crews,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said.

As of 6:30 a.m., Eversource reported 445 customers without power, including 221 in Cromwell and 156 in Thomaston. United Illuminating reported 467 customers in Orange and 80 in West Haven without power as of 6:30 a.m.

By around 11:30 a.m., Eversource reported 46 outages and UI reported 13.

Optimum customers in Connecticut reported experiencing internet issues in Bridgeport, Tolland and Hartford, starting around 7 a.m. Tuesday and continuing into the afternoon.

While Tuesday’s storm was pretty mild, the forecast is calling for a more intense snow and sleet later in the week.

Upcoming forecast

Tuesday: Rain throughout the morning with patchy fog rolling in around 9 a.m. The temperature is expected to hit almost 50 degrees. The temperature will drop to around 18 degrees by night, with wind chill values between 10 and 15 degrees.

Wednesday: Sunny with a high in the mid-30s, but wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees. By night, the temperature is expected to drop to around 16 degrees.

Thursday: Snow likely, mainly between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday — although the timing is subject to change. The temperature will hover in the mid- to upper-20s during the day, dropping to the low 20s at night. The chance of precipitation sits at around 60 percent, with accumulation predictions of less than a half-inch likely.

Friday: Snow before 4 a.m., then snow and sleet until around 1 p.m. The temperature will hover in the mid-20s, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation and predictions of 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet. There is a roughly 30 percent chance of additional snow before 10 p.m.