Winter storm will pack punch with snow, ice and deep freeze

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A winter storm is on track to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to Connecticut before finally freezing over, creating dangerous conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern Litchfield and Fairfield counties ahead of the storm, which is expected to roll in Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. Other areas are under a winter weather advisory.

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News 12 meteorologists say increasing clouds today will give way to snow later. The snow will slowly transition to a mix by the late evening as temperatures rise overnight. The highest accumulations will occur in northern areas, where the system remains snow longer.

Accumulations of 4-8 inches are possible for northwestern Connecticut, while lesser amounts of 2-4 inches are possible further south. Significant icing is likely once the snow changes to freezing rain.

Overnight, warmer air will change snowfall along the Sound to a mix of sleet and freezing rain. Most of Litchfield County, and Northern Fairfield remain as snow. Icing will occur in areas with freezing rain, and travel should not be attempted during this time. Low temperatures will start below freezing, but may rise to the freezing mark or slightly above overnight along the Sound.

Then on Sunday, expect rain, freezing rain, and snow to continue throughout much of the day. As colder air wraps in behind the system, most areas go back to snow. A "flash freeze" is likely later on Sunday as temperatures quickly fall back into the 20's and teens. The storms should wind down by mid-afternoon. Expect icing concerns statewide, even into the Monday morning commute.

For Martin Luther King Day on Monday, it will be extremely cold, partly sunny and breezy. The high will be just 15 degrees.

Check back with News 12 for the very latest forecast information.

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