Snow possible before hurricane
Long-range forecasts are now indicating Hurricane Sandy will very likely impact New England on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Another storm also headed this way could lead to snow and wreak havoc on the region.
Wilton emergency and other officials have been tracking the storm, and plan to meet tomorrow and Monday to prepare for its likely arrival, Fire Chief Paul Milositz told The Bulletin.
The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Hurricane Sandy, currently with 105 mph winds, will continue northward for the next 36 hours as the storm moves through the eastern Bahamas. It is then forecast to turn to the north-northwest, pick up some speed and move to a position approximately 200 miles west of Cape Hatteras, N.C., by 8 Monday morning.
Sandy is then forecast to turn north and then move northwest and be about 100 miles south-southwest of Connecticut by 8 Tuesday morning.
"Longer-range forecasts are now indicating that Sandy will very likely impact New England Tuesday," according to the state emergency department.
Government forecasters on Thursday upped the odds of a major weather mess, the Associated Press reported Thursday, now saying there's a 90% chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday.
The storm could cause $1 billion in damages to the U.S., the AP reported.
The storm is a combination of Hurricane Sandy, now in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of Arctic air from the North, according to AP. They're predicted to collide and park over the New York City area.