Update, Wednesday 10 a.m.
The National Weather Service forecasts between 3-7 inches over the next two days. Here's the organization's updated forecast.
Wednesday: A chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain and snow between noon and 3pm, then snow likely after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday night: Snow. Low around 31. Northeast wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thursday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday Night: Snow likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
First story, March 5
A nor'easter developing along the mid-Atlantic is forecast to hit our area Wednesday morning — exactly how bad it will be is still up in the air, though.
With the storm expected to intensify as it slowly tracks east, the National Weather Service today issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for southern Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties in Connecticut.
"Forecast uncertainty surrounds the exact details of how this storm will evolve," according to the weather service, "but the potential exists for widespread minor to moderate coastal flooding ... high surf and significant beach erosion along the ocean facing beaches and Twin Forks of Long Island ... and strong winds with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour."
As a result, a Coastal Flood Watch was also issued at 5:09 a.m. today, March 5, and will carry through 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, according to the National Weather Service. The watch affects southern Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties.
In addition, the service says, "While the current forecast keeps snowfall amounts between 1 and 3 inches ... there is a chance for higher accumulations ... mainly Wednesday night."
When Will it Start Snowing in Ridgefield?
According to the National Weather Service seven-day forecast for Ridgefield, there will be a chance of rain and snow Wednesday through Friday, and strong gusts of winds during that time.
Light snow may start before 9 a.m. on Wednesday before giving way to rain during the day, according to the forecast. Snow is expected to hit again Wednesday night, with accumulation of between one to two inches.
On Thursday, the chance of rain and snow continues, with minimal accumulation expected, the National Weather Service reports.
Looking ahead to the weekend, things appear to clear up just in time for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.