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Winter to Return to Ridgefield Wednesday

Call it Mother Nature’s rude reminder that the first day of spring isn’t until March 20.

If you’re thinking we’re , you’re sadly mistaken: A winter weather advisory has been issued for Wednesday through Thursday morning for Fairfield and New Haven counties.

According to the National Weather Service the region will get anywhere from 1 to 5 inches of snow, mixed with rain, with inland towns getting higher accumulations. In addition it will be colder, with temperatures dropping into the high 20s/low 30s on Wednesday night. What’s more there will be wind gusts of up to 20 miles an hour Wednesday into Thursday.

“Snow is currently expected to overspread Southern New England Wednesday afternoon and transition to a wintry mix Wednesday evening,” the National Weather Service said in an 11:35 a.m. Tuesday update. “The heaviest precipitation should occur from late Wednesday into Thursday morning. It is possible for colder temperatures to linger longer than currently forecast, resulting in less mixed precipitation and more snow.”

It will be more rain than snow, the weather service predicts. The storm “could” impact the Wednesday evening commute and “should” impact the Thursday morning commute, it said.

Call it Mother Nature’s rude reminder that the first day of spring isn’t until March 20.

Here is the National Weather Service’s forecast for , as of 11 a.m. Tuesday:

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Northwest wind around 11 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Snow before 5pm, then snow and freezing rain. High near 34. Calm wind becoming east between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 4am, then freezing rain and sleet. Low around 31. East wind between 5 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Thursday: Snow and freezing rain likely before 7am, then rain and sleet likely between 7am and 10am, then a chance of rain after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Northeast wind between 8 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of rain before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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