The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday night into Thursday morning, forecasting rain, snow and sleet.
Brookfield can expect to see some snow accumulation this evening — between 1 and 3 inches — and a slippery commute in the morning, with almost a half-inch of ice expected to accumulate overnight.
The snow and ice should clear up by Thursday afternoon, unfortunately the NWS is predicting a 90 percent chance that it will continue to rain.
The weather service's "High Wind Warning" is also in effect for the New York metropolitan area, Long Island and coastal Connecticut through 6 a.m. Thursday.
Forecasters say there could be winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph.
"Winds of this magnitude will likely down trees and tree limbs, power lines and holiday decorations and cause minor property damage," according to the wind-warning forecast. "Power outages are possible. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult, especially on elevated roadways and bridges."
At 2 p.m. the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection issued this statement about the weather this afternoon, warning about a "moderate number of power outages" and snowfall beginning from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.:
The combination of strong winds, some icing and some wet snow sticking to trees and powerlines is expected to result in a moderate number of power outages especially along the coast and also in Litchfield County.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected during high tide tonight at 11 p.m. and again Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Western Long Island Sound.
The latest NWS forecast for Brookfield for Wednesday and overnight to Thursday, according to the 4:30 p.m. forecast update:
- Wednesday afternoon: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Northeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
- Wednesday night: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet before midnight, then freezing rain and sleet between midnight and 2 a.m., then rain after 2 a.m. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. Patchy fog. Temperature rising to around 38 by 4 a.m. Blustery, with a northeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
- Thursday: Rain, mainly before 3 p.m. Patchy fog before 3 p.m. High near 41. Northeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
- Thursday night: A slight chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.