What Type of Snow: Wet or Fluffy?

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By Quincy Vagell on February 7, 2013, 10:10pm Last modified: February 8, 2013, 6:51pm

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Many people are asking the question: "What type of snow can we expect?"

Well, there's a two-part answer that I'll take care of.

Through about 10 p.m. Friday,
-I expect coastal areas to be experiencing a heavy, wet snow. There's a slight risk that a few areas could even mix with sleet, freezing rain or rain for a couple of hours right on the immediate shoreline early in the evening. This snow, especially when it comes down heavy, will have a very high water content and will be difficult to shovel. With that said, wet snow and strong winds will likely cause power outages across coastal and southeastern Connecticut Friday evening.
-Further inland, especially northwest of I-84, the snow will start off as your typical snow...it will be somewhat light, but not the fluffiest snow either. Typical snow to liquid ratios average about 10:1 or 11:1 to in the area, so basically, that's why I'm calling it "average" snow as ratios should be around 11:1.

Overnight Friday into Saturday,
As cold air comes crashing down, a very light and fluffy snow can be expected inland. There, I think ratios will average 14:1 by Saturday morning. Near the shoreline, the water content of the snow will decrease as the night wears on.
This means that any snow that falls later Friday into Saturday will be lighter and relatively easy to shovel.

Inland: Snow starts off with an "average" water content, then becomes very light/fluffy.

Shoreline: Snow begins very wet and heavy, but gets lighter by Saturday morning.

Temperatures will likely fall into the teens inland Friday night with 20's along the shoreline. I expect lingering snow showers Saturday morning, with gusty winds and blowing/drifting snow throughout the entire day. Not to mention temperatures will hold steady in the teens to mid-20's, so wind chills will stay between +5 and +15F.

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Quincy Vagell

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