Mayor Daniel T. Drew has issued an alert about the pending storm which should reach the Middletown area Wednesday. The storm, a Nor'easter that will be a mixture of rain and snow, with winds of 20 to 35 mph and gust to 40-60 miles per hour, is expected to continue into Thursday.
At 3:22 p.m., the National Weather Service issued an urgent weather message for Connecticut, including northern Middlesex County. "Damaging winds are expected Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night across Long Island, New York City and coastal Connecticut. Strong winds expected through Wednesday night."
Drew also reminds people to either secure or bring in all movable outside furniture or fixtures.
As always with high winds, there is a possibility of downed trees or branches, so caution is urged when outdoors. As with a storm of this nature, it is best to stay off the roads, and to stay clear of any down wires.
The NWS advisory continues:
MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING...THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY WITH HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH...INCREASING TO 40 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN RAIN AND SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. WINDY WITH LOWS IN THE MID 30S. NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 80 PERCENT.
CLOUDY. RAIN AND SNOW LIKELY IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. BREEZY WITH HIGHS IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE EVENING. LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.