By Logan Reardon
Special to the Record-Journal
After going weeks without a storm, between 6 and 10 inches of snow is forecast for this weekend.
The snow will begin to fall around 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday and will continue until about 7 a.m. Sunday.
“We’re describing this as a moderate snowstorm,” said Gary Lessor, a meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. “Moderate storms are usually between 3 and 7 inches, but we’re leaning on the higher side of that in the Meriden and Wallingford area.”
Lessor expects anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow to fall in central Connecticut in what he says will be a rapidly moving storm. The heaviest snow will fall between midnight and 5 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Lessor says the snow should start to melt immediately after the snowfall finishes. Temperatures will reach the mid-40s on Sunday, the low-50s on Monday and as high as 65 to 70 degrees on Tuesday.
“I would recommend minimal effort in snow removal with this storm,” Lessor said. “With storms earlier in the winter you want to remove snow to prevent ice forming, but this snow is going to melt rather fast.”
The state Department of Transportation is prepping for a speedy and efficient clean-up.
Cities and towns throughout the state are already prepared, according to state DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick.
“We pride ourselves on being prepared at any time,” Nursick said. “Our preparation for a storm starts at the end of the last storm. We’re constantly in a state of readiness.”
Part of that readiness involves the 634 state plow trucks that are prepared to clear roads throughout the state on Saturday night.
With the wet roads and higher temperatures over the past few days, the DOT was unable to pretreat roads because the salt would dilute and be rendered ineffective.
The timing of the storm, however, is expected to work out well for transportation purposes, according to Nursick.
“This is the easiest part of the week for a storm to hit,” Nursick said. “A weekend storm is good because nobody is in a rush to get to work and the roads will be cleared up by Monday.”