School Delay Chances for Monday

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Here’s our first call! The threat for snow will creeping into the region this evening, but will stay mostly light, with little accumulation for most. It’s once we get into late tonight where we have to start watching heavier snow develop and moves into the entire region, bringing accumulating snow. It looks like coastal regions will pick up between 1 and 3 inches of snow, while areas away from the coast pick up 2-4 inches of snow. The snow begins mixing in with sleet and freezing rain between 3 AM and 5 AM across coastal regions, while inland regions hold off on mixing until between 4 AM and 6 AM. The coast will see freezing rain for an hour or two, through 6 AM or 7 AM at the latest, picking up minor ice accumulations on top of the snowfall. This could make travel very tricky tomorrow morning, but it might be just under the standards to delay school, as things change over to all rain. Further north and inland, the sleet and freezing rain may persist through 7 AM to 8 AM, before finally changing to rain by 8:30 AM. It’s POSSIBLE that New Fairfield and Sherman wait to change over until 9 AM or later, which is why those towns have a better chance of a delay than towns further south.

So with all of that being said, the coastal areas have a fair chance at seeing a delay tomorrow, but not a good enough chance at this time to forecast one. Slightly further inland, I’m borderline calling for a delay tomorrow, but again, not quite enough confidence at this time to go ahead and say there will be a delay, as there’s still a chance we see a changeover to rain in time for school to open regularly for some schools. However, once we get north of those towns, it looks like we’ll see widespread delays. Nothing to confident, but a 55% chance will warrant the likelihood of a delay tomorrow for the inland towns. Well up north into Sherman, there’s a 60% chance posted, as frozen precipitation may last into the mid-morning hours.

Another update to be posted at 8:00 PM… Check back then!

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