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Friday, March 23 Weather

NWS warns of icy conditions this AM

Tuesday’s above freezing temperatures caused some snow to melt.

And overnight temperatures in the 20s has created some icy conditions.

“Standing water from snow melt will freeze resulting in black ice conditions on untreated walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and roadways,” The National Weather Service says. “Use extra caution when venturing out. Temperatures are expected to rise above the freezing mark during the late morning and early afternoon hours.”

Just before 5 a.m., the temperature was 14 degrees at Danbury and Tweed/New Haven airports, 16 in Oxford and 25 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford.

For the first time in two weeks, Tuesday had temperatures above freezing. Sikorsky airport had a high temperature of 43 degrees, six degrees above normal for this time of year.

Connecticut had 14 consecutive days below 32 degrees which is the most recorded there since 1948.

Temperatures will also be above freezing on Wednesday with a high of 34 inland and a couple of degrees warmer along the shoreline.

Wednesday will also be sunny.

Then, rain moves in Thursday night.

The NWS says there is the potential for heavy rain and possible flooding Friday into Saturday.

“Right now, it appears that most of southern New England will receive 2 to 3 inches of rain,” it says. “However, the location of the heaviest rain may change over the next couple of days.

“As temperatures rise into the 40s and 50s on Friday, melting snow will add to the runoff.

“We are thinking there will be at least minor flooding of urban and poor drainage areas Friday into Saturday. It's still too soon to tell whether rivers and streams will flood, but that is also a possibility.

“For those of you who live or work in a flood prone area, we recommend paying attention to updated forecasts over the next few days.

“If your home or business tends to experience flooding in heavy rain, especially the basement, take the time now to check your sump pump and/or move items off the floor,” the NWS says.