Snow hits morning commute, prompts school closures and delays; more on the way

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A one-two punch of winter storms is bringing the first snow, sleet and freezing rain to Connecticut and could make travel difficult Friday before it gets worse this weekend before it finally freezes over.

The National Weather Service issued a storm warning for Litchfield County and a winter storm warning for Fairfield County ahead of the second storm which is expected to roll in Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.  The National Weather Service is warning that travel could be very difficult at any point during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday afternoon into the evening could cause any standing water to quickly freeze over. They say strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into the night could bring down tree limbs and power lines. 

Friday morning's snow is likely to last until early morning and could tapper off to rain between 10 a.m. and noon. The snow will stop and it will become cloudy, then gradually become mostly sunny, with a high near 42 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
 

Snow along the coast Friday could be just a coating but 2-4 inches of snow are possible further into northern Litchfield County. In addition to Friday's snow, a snowstorm will arrive Saturday night and last into Sunday with the chance for moderate to heavy snow. 

For the second and more significant storm, News 12 meteorologists say snow will begin before 1 a.m. on Saturday then snow and sleet between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., then rain and sleet after 4 a.m. Temperatures will rise to around 33 degrees by 4 a.m. with wind gusts as high as 31 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent and new snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches are possible.

Sunday is expected to see rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 1 p.m, then snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., then a chance of snow after 4 p.m. Temperatures will dramatically fall to around 25 degrees by 5 p.m. Monday morning everything is expected to freeze over when temperatures take a nose dive into the single digits.

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Monday's morning commute could be extremely icy as a result of rain which will freeze overnight.

Check back with News 12 for the very latest forecast information.

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