(WTNH) — Connecticut has experienced the big three in the state’s first Nor’easter of the season Saturday: pouring rain, heavy snow, and wind gusts. This has led to thousands of power outages in the northern part of the state.
Tolland and Windham counties are under a severe winter storm warning, with heavy snow expected to leave five to 10 inches behind. Winds can gust as high as 35 MPH. The warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
Connecticut State Police are warning residents to stay home if possible. They say troopers have been responding to multiple crashes all over the state, with the weather being a big factor. If you must go out, troopers are asking drivers to go slow.
Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons stopped by a rest stop on Interstate-84 in Willington Saturday afternoon to check on the snowfall. In the broadcast, you can see snow sticking to the roads and traffic traveling slow, at around 35 MPH on the highway.
Meanwhile, on the shoreline, Storm Team 8 said there could be just a coating of snow. However, wind gusts can go as high as 40 MPH in southern Connecticut.
The rain and snow will taper down in the eastern part of the state by 9 p.m. Saturday. Watch out for icy spots overnight and on Sunday morning, as temperatures will dip into the upper 20s to low 30s.
Eversource told News 8 that they have been preparing ahead of Saturday’s stormy weather and are now working to restore power to thousands of customers across Connecticut, mainly the northeastern part of the state.