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Storm To Bring Flooding, High Winds To Westport

A thin blanket of snow covers downtown Westport late Wednesday afternoon.
A thin blanket of snow covers downtown Westport late Wednesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Sal Liccione

WESTPORT, Conn. – A nor’easter arrived in Westport Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it the first snowfall of the season. The storm is also forecast to bring high winds and coastal flooding through Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area until 6 a.m. Thursday, a high wind warning until 4 a.m. Thursday and a coastal flood warning until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Westport is expected to see a mix of rain and snow Wednesday afternoon, and then periods of snow, followed by rain Wednesday night, according to the weather service. Total snow accumulation between 1 and 4 inches is possible. Winds are expected to be between 23 and 31 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph possible. As such, there is a possibility downed trees and wires will cause power outages.

The storm will continue into Thursday with periods of rain and snow before 1 p.m., followed by a chance of rain. Wind gusts as high as 32 mph are in the forecast for Thursday.

Moderate coastal flooding is expected late Wednesday afternoon around high tide, which is around 4:58 p.m. in Westport. Minor to localized flooding may occur late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, the weather service said.

Residents who live in flood prone locations are welcome to park their cars in the Westport train station parking lot on Saugatuck Avenue, located between the I-95 exit 17 exit and entrance ramps, Westport police announced Wednesday afternoon.  Residents who do so are asked to leave a note on their dashboard. Cars should be removed within 24 hours.

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