UPDATE: Meriden readers weigh-in on the storm conditions and not cancelling school on our Facebook Page.
- Cristina Marie Rosario: Ridiculous that schools are closing early already.
- Kimberly Watson: lets not talk about the weather and maybe it'll get better? I'm thinking sunshine and palm trees.
- Donna Tamartino Ryan: Why is it ridiculous that schools are closing early? If the system keeps your child and something bad happens people sue, because we have become that kind of society. So the towns have but no choice but to do the early dismissal also keeping in mind that they have to stagger the buses which causes even more issues! It's sad, but that is why it happens.
- Laura Songhurst Barillaro: Is Meriden schools closing early today??
- Meriden Patch Haven't heard yet, but Adult Ed in Meriden has been cancelled for tonight.
- Cassie Carabetta: Too late for Meriden to close early and a horrible decision not to. The roads are horrible right now.
- Laura Songhurst Barillaro: I picked my kids and my friends kids early the office was swamped with phone calls and parents picking up their children....
UPDATE: Meriden Adult Education has cancelled classes in anticipation of the predicted rain, sleet and snow.
Connecticut and the Northeast are in store for more rough weather this week as a nor'easter heads our way today, Nov. 7, and carries into Thursday morning.
Forecasters are predicting strong winds between 25 and 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. Additionally, the storm will bring chilly temperatures and rain -- possibly even snow in some areas.
The nor'easter is expected to hit the Northeast from Cape Cod down to New York City, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last week. This incoming storm's winds are expecting to be even more damaging as many trees, limbs and structures have already been weakened by last week's superstorm.
United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power are preparing for potentially severe weather—even though the utility companies are still dealing with the last bout of outages from Hurricane Sandy.
At this time, the National Weather Service has "moderate confidence" that there will be accumulating wet snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The areas with the highest probability for snowfall will be interior New England, including western Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and possibly northeastern Rhode Island.
Forecasters at The Weather Channel are also predicting coastal flooding with the nor'easter in some areas. Unlike during Hurricane Sandy, the flooding will not coincide with astronomical high tides.
NWS is also warning that this storm will be dangerous for mariners with gusts between 50 and 55 knots. A gale watch is in effect for all of Narragansett Bay.
Local Meriden Forcast from NOAA for the remainder of the week:
- Today: Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 2pm, then snow likely between 2pm and 3pm, then rain, snow, and sleet after 3pm. High near 40. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
- Tonight: Rain, snow, and sleet before 8pm, then rain and sleet between 8pm and 5am, then rain, snow, and sleet after 5am. Low around 33. Breezy, with a north wind 16 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Thursday: Rain and snow likely before 10am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. North wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
- Thursday Night: A slight chance of rain before 9pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
- Friday: Sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.