Merry Christmas from the women and men of the Darien Police Department. We wish you a very peaceful evening but unfortunately we have a severe storm advisory to pass along. As always, we are here if you need us for anything, but please be careful tonight and tomorrow.
HIGH WIND WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN CT AND AT MIDNIGHT FOR NORTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN CT…FLOOD WATCHES ARE ALSO GOING INTO EFFECT AT 6:00 PM FOR THE ENTIRE STATE…
A very strong cold front currently located in Western NY and PA is forecast to move across New England after daybreak tomorrow morning. At 5:45 PM winds were from the south gusting to 20 – 25 MPH at times on the coast and in the higher elevations. Temperatures are currently in the mid to upper 50’s across most of the state. The following forecast is based on the HRRR and NAMHRES models:
This Evening and Overnight: Winds from the south and southeast are forecast to continue increasing this evening and into the early morning hours. Winds are expected to gust as high as 65 MPH at times before dawn especially along the coast and in eastern CT. The winds may not be as strong in valleys where the snowpack does not completely melt. Towns should continue to plan for a moderate impact with numerous downed trees and powerlines.
Friday Morning: Heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected to continue for a few hours after daybreak. Additional power outages are expected and the heavy rainfall of 2.0” – 4.0" is expected to cause minor to moderate urban and stream flooding where the snowpack melts completely. There will also likely be a lot of basement flooding as a result of the saturated ground and elevated ground water levels. The strong winds and heavy rainfall are forecast to subside down to lighter rain and lower winds gusting to 30 – 40 MPH by 11:00 AM. Urban and small stream flooding should begin to subside by noon.