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Strong Winds, Heavy Snow Expected Under Winter Storm Watch In Bridgeport

The first heavy snow of the season is expected to hit Saturday afternoon in Fairfield County. A total of 4 to 6 inches is in the forecast, along with strong winds.
The first heavy snow of the season is expected to hit Saturday afternoon in Fairfield County. A total of 4 to 6 inches is in the forecast, along with strong winds. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — As the mid-Atlantic states brace for what could be a blizzard, all of Fairfield County has been placed under a Winter Storm Watch from 6 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

The massive nor'easter is expected to impact the entire tri-state area this weekend.

Fairfield County will be hit by heavy snow, with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, northerly wins of 15 to 20 mph with gusts of up to 30 mph, and temps in the mid-20s.

Visibility for drivers could be a half-mile or less at times. Significant snowfall combined with blowing and drifting will produce near-blizzard conditions, the National Weather Service said. The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for all of Souther Connecticut.

But it could be worse: New York City, Long Island and southern New Jersey are under a Blizzard Warning, with 7 to 12 inches of snow in the forecast with northerly winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph.

Parts of Westchester County, N.Y., and northern New Jersey are under a Winter Storm Warning, with 4 to 6 inches of snow expected with northerly winds of 15 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph.

The storm is expected to impact travel in the area. And for those heading south, beware: The storm could cripple traffic along the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C., and New York City starting late Friday afternoon around the nation's capital and lasting through early Sunday.

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