NWS: Storm to drop up to nine inches of snow on CT

Connecticut could see up to nine inches of snow from a winter storm expected to hang over the region from Thursday evening all the way through the following day.

The National Weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for the entire state, as well as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and lower New York state.

The storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow to the region by the evening hours of Thursday, with an additional 1 to 3 inches overnight, for a total of five to nine inches by Friday night.

The heaviest snows are expected around late Thursday morning into the late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Snowfall then could reach up to one inch an hour.

The storm is expected to bring snow-covered roads, poor visibility and hazardous travel, the weather service said, particularly for the Thursday morning and evening commutes.

Several municipalities have already issued snow emergency declarations, ordering residents to move their cars off the streets or face fines.

“This will be a long duration winter weather event. Light to moderate snowfall is likely early Thursday morning into afternoon,” the weather service’s advisory said. “Periods of light snow are then expected Thursday Night into Friday morning, before ending in the afternoon.”

Some areas around the New York City and New Jersey metro area and northwestern Long Island could see light icing overnight.

Snow banding could also bring additional accumulation on Thursday depending on how the storm unfolds Thursday morning.

While an ice and sleet storm on Tuesday knocked out power to some, the weather service said Thursday’s storm is not expected to bring strong winds.

Earlier in the day the weather service said if the storm hits on a path farther south than its latest prediction, mainly the coast would see snow, with some light accumulation across the interior.

But if the storm tracks closer to the coast than initially expected, it will increase the likelihood of mixed precipitation or rain for coastal areas and greater accumulation of snow across the interior, the NWS said.