Near-Blizzard Conditions Developing

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By Quincy Vagell on February 13, 2014, 9:40am Last modified: February 13, 2014, 2:30pm

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Near-blizzard conditions are developing across the area this morning.

Sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph were reported from New York City right up to the Bridgeport area with wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph as of 9:40 a.m. Combine this gusty wind with heavy snow falling and visibility is being decreased to a quarter mile or less.

Forecast: Snow will be heavy at times through early afternoon, causing near-blizzard and whiteout conditions. Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour will be common. Most areas can expect to see 5 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by 1 p.m.

Blizzard criteria means that strong winds gusting over 35 mph combine with falling or blowing snow to drop the visibility to less than 1/4 of a mile.

Along with the snow, some ice pellets or partially melted snow flakes may mix in at times. The temperature of the atmosphere up around 850mb is close to freezing. With that said, snow is still being reported and observed on radar all the way down to central New Jersey and the South Shore of Long Island, so Connecticut should remain predominantly snow through early afternoon.

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Quincy Vagell

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